Proverbs 28 says that
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13 ESV)
As we gather this morning, God provides for us a time of solemn confession both corporately and privately. Why? So that we may come into his presence filled with his forgiveness, with his mercy. Yahweh promises to give mercy to those who confess their guilt, and who acknowledge that they need the grace of God. During our time of confession, let us obey wisdom and confess our faults before God, and He will act righteously, justly, and in equity toward us. Let us pray.
Prayer: Our God, you promise that if we confess our sins you will forgive us and cleanse us. Teach us not to hide from you, for you see all things. Teach us to forsake our sins, so that you will be ever closer to us. This we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.