Are you constantly reminded of your past sins, wrongs and mistakes? Have you lost your peace because of the things you have done in the past? Do you feel guilty even after asking and praying for forgiveness from God?
Here are some of the reasons why you may be guilt-conscious:
1. You may be dealing with self-condemnation. Self-condemnation is one of the many ways that the devil uses to accuse you to yourself.
He uses your past mistakes to keep you in bondage, shame and guilt. But, as a reconciled child of God, you are already forgiven in Christ. Your sins have been forgiven and nailed to the cross.
1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
2. You are struggling with habitual sin. Habitual sins enslave us. They make us ashamed to go back to God after sinning for the “umpteenth” time.
Before we gave our lives to Jesus Christ, we were sinners, living in sin. When we come to Christ, we need to renew our minds. We are no longer slaves to sin.
How do you break from habitual sins? Renew your mind with the word of God. Understand that sin kills you spiritually. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3. You have not had fellowship with God for a long time. Sometimes, we spend too long without having intimate fellowship with God.
When we stay away from God, we become like a plant rooted out of the ground and placed in the sun.
Man is created to be constantly in fellowship with God. Staying away from God leaves us feeling an empty void in us, and this gives room for sin and guilt.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Let Us Pray
Father Lord, most gracious and compassionate Saviour, I come before you humbly to ask for your mercy.
Your Word says that if your people who are called by your name, humble themselves and turn away from their sins and confess their sins, You will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.
Father, I open up my heart to You. I admit and confess my sins to You. Your Word says that there’s nothing hidden from You, we are all naked and bare before You.
Lord, You know my inward man. You foresee my uprising and downfalls. Before a word is on my tongue, You know it all.
Lord, where can I go from your presence? Where can I hide my sins from You? Search me and know me.
See if there be any iniquity within me and deliver me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Prayer To Deal With Habitual Sin
Father, here I am. I come as I am. I ask that You give me grace to overcome this sin.
Give me a spirit of self control. Make my desire to obey You greater than my desire to yield to this sin.
Lord, help me to work out my salvation with fear and trembling in the name of Jesus Christ. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Prayer To Clear A Guilty Conscience
Dear Lord, help me to believe in your love and forgiveness. Help me to be free from self condemnation and guilt.
Help me to accept what happened, move on from it, forgive myself and love myself in the name of Jesus Christ. Cleanse my conscience with the blood of Jesus Christ.
Let me be truly free from this guilt, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Hebrew 9:14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?