O Almighty God!
O Lord who is omnipotent,
at all places
at all times,
knowing all things. It is hard to imagine the scope and depth of Your power and presence because it is so far beyond anything that is humanly possible.
Forgive me when I forget that You know all things, and try to hide my sin from You.
How foolish of me to think that I can keep something hidden from You and go on like it never happened. You knew that some of the Israelites held back plunder from the victory at Jericho. And there were consequences for their disobedience. It cost thirty-six men their lives in a battle, and ultimately, the lives of all those who hid their sin.
It is so human of me, and yet so wrong, to think I can ask You to answer my prayers with blessing, when I am hiding sin. I cannot expect You to bless me in my marriage, for instance, if I am gossiping, spreading disunity among my friends. Before I can ask for Your favor, there are things I need to confess.
It’s not that I am telling You something You don’t already know. The Greek word for confess is “homologo.” It means “same word.” So I am simply agreeing with what You already know; and with Your assessment that my action or attitude is sinful.
And You promise that when I confess my sin and turn from it, You are faithful, and will forgive my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness and guilt.
Just like the Prodigal Son, when I return to You and confess my sin, You run to me, throw Your arms around me and celebrate my return to right relationship with You!
O Father, I desire miraculous victories like the Battle of Jericho in my life. Keep me from temptation. Help me quickly see sin for what it is and turn from it.
And when I stray from You, bring me to my senses and set my feet back on the path to You. That is the path of blessing and victory! Amen