Our confession – literally, our agreement with God that our sin is offensive – is prerequisite to experiencing his cleansing power, but our confession doesn’t actually earn or merit his forgiveness. Forgiveness simply flows out of the goodness of God who is always true to his own nature.
Pray, acknowledging the holiness of God and praising him for his awesome perfection. And thank him that he has made a way and offered us grace and forgiveness. And ask him to help you live under grace continually.