Confessing in Trust

Daniel 9:3-10, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 John 1:5-10

The ashes that many had on their foreheads yesterday are gone, either rubbed or washed off. As we read yesterday, ashes are a of repentance. Daniel sought God through prayer, supplication, ing, sackcloth, and ashes. Daniel uses these 5 things not to get a reward, nor in that he would get an answer because he did them. Daniel did them to put aside himself, so that he be more aware of God, and less concerned for himself.

Prayer is a conversation. Especially during , we can be deliberate in speaking less, and listening more. Supplications are not the list of things we want, think we need, health, wealth, and so on, but it is in the spirit of saying, “God, please use me. God, please me to fulfill your purpose.” Fasting is often food, as it is essential to live. In our age of plenty, ing can be a ful spiritual tool, as it reminds us of our blesgs, and the blessor, God our Father.

Sackcloth was what people wore to show that they were repenting or mourning. It was very uncomfortable. This cloth rubbing against one’s bare skin was another reminder that things were not as they ought to be. Daniel, a man of importance, wearing sackcloth would have been very unusual, and would have likely caused a stir, and would have likely been humiliating for a person whose focus was on himself, rather than God.

1) In Psalm 25:1-10, the psalms writes, “…in You I …”. How is your of/in God doing?

2) In 1 John 1:5-10, confession is cornerstone of our release from . Confession is hard when we have to confess to , because it requires . When you confess to God, is it easy because you God, or is it easy because you think God is distant or not listening?

3) What prices of confession do you follow? Are they enough?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.