Author and speaker Becky Tirabassi tells a funny story about the ADMIT section of prayer journals. Her husband Roger also keeps a prayer journal. He likes to do his journaling in the bathroom where he has the most quiet time to himself. Becky says, “People ask me if I read my husband’s admit section of his prayer journal. No, I don’t read his admit section, I tell him what to write in it!”
Seriously, the ADMIT part of our TEA CUPP prayer journals can be challenging. What if someone stumbles across our journals and reads them? Becky suggests you can write “sin A,” “sin B,” etc. instead of announcing your struggles. Or, perhaps you can leave a little blank…i.e. God please forgive me for _________. And whisper to God the situation. Or, we can just trust our families not to snoop around :-).
Remember, God’s Word can be used in three ways in our ADMIT section…
As you are reading God’s Word, perhaps a verse convicts you of a sin such as anger. Jot down that verse in your prayer journal. Another verse may give us just the words to confess those sins, jot down that verse, too. Finally, God promises us His forgiveness in His Word. Writing down those verses that assure us of His forgiveness are the most comforting of all. I usually just journal one verse, but you may write down as many verses as you need today to ADMIT your sins and claim Jesus’ forgiveness.
“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
“Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of Your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for Your name’s sake.” Psalm 79:9 (NIV)
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48 (NIV)