"And the son said to Him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." Luke 15:21
The Prodigal Son shows us what will confession and repentance is to our Heavenly Father. The father saw his son, felt compassion for his son, ran towards his son and embraced his son. That is what God has done to each of us through Jesus Christ. Jesus is just waiting for us to come back home.
When the father expresses his love for his son. The son responds and this should be our response to our Heavenly Father.
The son calls his father; FATHER. This is referring to relationship and that God is our Father. The Lord teaches us to pray in the Lord's Prayer: "Our Father!" This is referring to the closest of relationship, connection to our Father in Heaven. I am not confessing my sins to a stranger, a man, a church, but I confess my sins to my Heavenly Father.
The son confesses his sin: "I have sinned against Heaven, and before you." Confession means that I come clean and realize that I have sinned. I have sinned against My father and the person that I have sinned against. Confession is both vertical between my and God, and between me and the person that I have sinned against. "If I confess my sins, He is faithful and just to forgive me of all my sins." Confession is a good thing for us!
The son repents of his sin: "I am no longer worthy to be called your son." I have messed up, I have sinned and I do not deserve your mercy and forgiveness. We need to realize our sin and the consequences of our sin. We fall on the mercy of God and thank Him for His forgiveness of our sin. Then the relationship is restored.
When we confess our sins, our relationship is restored with our Heavenly Father!
Lord, help me to live in this close relationship with you today and every day!