Guilty, you enter God’s throne room. Jesus sits beside our Father, pleading for you. His sacrifice atoned for your sin. The Holy Spirit is also there, praying for you, with groans that can’t be expressed in words.
You rise up, forgiven! (from 1 John 2:1-2; Romans 8:26; I John 1:9)
Start talking to God. He loves you and wants a relationship with you.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness ( 1 John 1:9).
Intercession is often associated with agonizing entreaty or tearful supplication. It is sometimes conceived as an endeavor to overcome the reluctance of God. But God does not have to be coaxed into granting a divine blessing.
With Christ as our advocate, we approach God to claim the justice we are entitled to because of His sacrifice.*
God is faithful and just and will forgive us (1 John 1:9).
*adapted from J. Oswald Sanders, The Incomparable Christ, p. 346.
Tell God you agree with what He says about sin.
Sometimes you’ll have to say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me. I don’t want to do that again. I need your help.”
Bonus thought: God is love. We confess. He forgives (from 1 John 4:16; 1:9).