For those who are interested but did not have a pen handy in Sunday morning worship to jot down the 5-step exercise for confession, the process is outlined below:
Life-Centered Prayer by Ben Campbell Johnson
(quoted from the book “Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life” by Marjorie Thompson, pg. 94.)
Step 1. Gather the day. Identify ten or twelve major events of your day, including prayer, particular conversations, meetings, meals, work, and other activities. List them.
Step 2. Review the day. Reflect upon each occurrence listed, without judging yourself, avoiding feelings, or making excuses. This is the actual substance of your daily life.
Step 3. Give thanks for the day. Thank God for each part of your day, for your life, and for God’s presence in the midst of it.
Step 4. Confess your sin. Acknowledge your faults in thought, word, and deed toward God, your neighbor, and yourself (you might add creation, too).
Step 5. Seek for the meaning of the events. Reflect on the larger significance of each event in your life, asking yourself such questions as, What is God saying to me? What am I being called to do? How is this connected to the rest of my life? Write down what comes to mind.
Rev. Stacy Cochran Nowell
First Baptist Church Huntersville