On the twenty-fourth day of the same month the people of Israel gathered to fast in order to show sorrow for their sins. They had already separated themselves from all foreigners. They wore sackcloth and put dust on their heads as signs of grief.
Then they stood and began to confess the sins that they and their ancestors had committed. For about three hours the Law of the Lord their God was read to them, and for the next three hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God.
Proverbs 28:13 states that, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”. Therefore, as you walk through this 40 days of reflection, you need to lighten up. In addition, you need to offload every weight that has the potential of slowing you down while you let go things that make you waste your efforts to live right as a child of God.
We need to confess our sins to God and plead for His mercy. Confessing your sins is a way of submitting yourself to God. You admit that you are guilty according to God’s standard and plead for His mercy. Thats getting right with God.
In conclusion, we also need to take seriously 1 John 1:8-10, which states that
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
The possible implication of this is that confessions is a mark of a genuine Christian. Therefore it must be a daily afaire in our walk with God.
Pray for all the sins that you personally have committed. And pray that all people will come to a revelation that they are sinner’s in God’s eyes and need to repent.