But I did get some good time today meditating on scripture, and it was so refreshing! I read Ephesians 1-holy cow, WHAT a pick-me-up! I also read from Psalm 66.
In Psalm 66:18, David says "If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me."
Y'all, this is convicting to me. I haven't spent great time in prayer with The Lord the past few weeks, let alone have I been intentional about confessing sin before him. And it hit me that when we don't confess sin in our life & just sweep it under the rug, our prayers really are hindered! Now, I know that, because of Christ, I am forgiven for past, present, and future sin (praise God!) but I also know that unconfessed sin in my life does hinder my relationship with Jesus. Just like it would in my marriage if there was something between us that needed to be dealt with. I do NOT want that!
So it was just a good reminder to myself to spend time in the Lord's presence, asking him to search me and try me and see if there is any offensive way in me, and to lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139!) To ask God to give me a clean heart and to keep short accounts with Him. (And my husband too! Do you know it also says we aren't right with our spouse, our prayers are also hindered?) I need to be quick to confess my failures and receive God's wonderful grace and mercy every day!