Before you spend time with God either in prayer or reading the Bible, you need to go before Him and confess any sins that you have commited. If you have
unconfessed sin in your life, do not expect God to hear what you say . . .
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the
godly man who does his will. (John 9:31 NIV)
Not sure what sin is? or what God calls sin?
Take a look
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; (Psalm 66:18 NIV)
On the next page you’ll find a topical index that will link you to Bible verses and questions that may assist you with
identifying your sins. After selecting a passage, read through the verse slowly and ask God to bring to your mind anything that is not pleasing to Him. Or pray this prayer:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting. (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24
Then slowly read the application questions that follow. As thoughts come to your mind, begin to confess what the Spirit is identifying as sin in your life.
Be honest. Remember, to confess, means to agree with. . . name your sins, and agree with God that they are sins. And claim 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)
Cleansing Your Heart