Q. I confess my sins as quickly as I realize that I’ve sinned. There are times however where I don’t confess anything because I can’t remember sinning at all. I spend my time either working, studying God’s Word and being on sites such as yours, and spending time with my wife, not necessarily in that order, and do nothing that goes against His commandments (as far as I know.) Should I confess on a daily basis anyway?
A. Like many people, you seem to think that sin is just a type of behavior, when actually it’s a built in flaw in the system that controls way we think and feel. Therefore, it’s not what we do that makes us sinners, it’s who we are that makes us sinners. We all sin all the time in ways we aren’t even aware of. King David understood this when he wrote a prayer of confession at the end of Psalm 19.
“Who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression” (Psalm 19:12-13).
If you’re looking for a daily prayer of confession and are not aware of any sins you’ve committed, it’s a good one to use.