Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as a I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my hearts, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. Psalm 66: 16-20 NLT
The psalmist wants to tell what God has done for them. But he doesn't just tell a story.
First he admits that he asked for help. In fact, he cried out for help. But even as he cried out, he praised God. So, even this request was a praise.
Second, he confessed the sins he had on his heart. Not what he had done but what he was thinking about. He admitted his weaknesses to God.
Because of this, God listened to him, acted on his request and continued to love him.
Where do you need God's help in your life? Ask, praise and confess and God will hear your prayer.
God, I need your help with ____________________. I praise your Holy name and your marvelous glory! I freely admit these sins which are on my heart: ___________________________________. Forgive me, Lord, and hear my prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims