DAY SIX – APR 19
Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops (Luke 12:2-3).
Our next practice will be to ask for forgiveness for sins from our past. In Celebration of Discipline Richard Foster writes of how he addressed a growing conviction that something in his past was impeding his relationship with God. Foster writes: “I devised a plan. I divided my life into three periods: childhood, adolescence, adulthood. On the first day I came before God in prayer and meditation, pencil and paper in hand. Inviting him to reveal to me anything during my childhood that needed either forgiveness or healing or both, I waited in absolute silence for about 10 minutes. Anything about my childhood that surfaced to my conscious mind I wrote down. I made no attempts to analyze the items or put any value judgment on them. My assurance was that God would reveal anything that needed his healing touch. Having finished, I put the pencil and paper down for the day. The next day I went through the same exercise for my adolescent years, and the third day for my adult years.”
Then he took his paper to a friend to had agreed to serve as a confessor, read the paper aloud, and received an assurance of forgiveness and prayers. After the experience, Foster writes, he was able to explore new and uncharted areas of the Spirit.
As you might have guessed, your practice is to try a similar experiment sometime within the following days. Perhaps you would like to organize your life in different categories that make more sense to you. Or you might not feel ready to take your list to another person. Do what you can to explore and confess any sins hidden in your past.