Answer these questions get your family to play as well if you want.
Would you rather:
- Be born with an elephant’s trunk or a giraffe’s neck?
- Team up with Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel?
- Swim in a pool full of Nutella or a pool full of maple syrup?
- Vomit on your hero or have your hero vomit on you?
- Have a personal maid or a personal chef?
Today we are looking at confession. Oh no I hear you say! Don’t panic! It’s not that scary. We are going to take you through why it’s a good thing to do when we pray
Remember we are looking at A.C.T.S. as a way of helping us pray. Last week was Adoration and we looked at psalm 96. This week we are going to look at confession. Confession is when you are telling someone, in this case God, the stuff that you’ve done wrong or the stuff that’s hurt people.
When you played ‘would you rather’ sometimes neither of the choices were very appealing . Confessing can feel a bit like that. You don’t want to do it because it doesn’t feel very comfortable talking about stuff you feel bad about or would rather forget. So why does God want us to do it? He already knows what we get up to! What’s the point?
Let’s look at our Bible verse
God knows we don’t get thing right. That’s why he sent Jesus. God wants us to be near him and by Jesus’ death and coming alive again our relationship with God is restored. He asks us to tell him our shortcomings not to make us feel guilty but to free us! We are already accepted by God , confessing our sins to him removes the barrier between us and helps us get closer to him. We confess to enjoy maximum fellowship with him!
This week is has been mental health awareness week. God cares about our spiritual, physical and mental health. It can be very liberating to tell God the stuff that we haven’t got right. We give it to Him, he forgives us and we are free from it. Confessing to him isn’t always easy. It can take humility when we like to pretend we are strong. But it’s good for our relationship with Him and can unburden us which is good for our mental health.
The last bit!
If you want to try a prayer activity take a piece of paper and write down a few things that you can think of from the past week that you are not proud of! Maybe you were not nice to a sibling, or not got on with something you should have done. Just take a minute to do this.
Read what you have written and say to God that you are sorry for doing them and ask that he helps you not to do it again. Then rip up the paper and destroy it. It’s gone!
Don’t forget to wash up toast plate!
See you next week!
Mell and Chris