Nehemiah 1:5, 7 NIV 2011
Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments…”
We have acted wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.”
Hanani brought word from Judah, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace.” Nehemiah turned to the Lord after days of fasting and mourning. He prayed to God as Moses did. Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love…” Daniel prayed much the same prayer as Nehemiah in Daniel 9:4 because sin was getting in the way. Psalm 106:6, “We have sinned, even as our ancestors did, we have done wrong and acted wickedly.” Unconfessed sin is a barrier to prayer.
I know we were created to have a relationship with God. Making time is not always what gets in my way of meeting Him daily. Like those in God’s Word, sometimes sin creeps in and keeps me away. Reading through the book of Nehemiah, I see he confessed his own sins, the sins of his family and those of the people surrounding him. Taking a cue from Nehemiah, I will expand my confession time to include family and others removing all barriers to my prayers.
What sin needs to be confessed?