Nehemiah 1:6-7 (NIV)
 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.  We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
Nehemiah starts with worship and then confession – drawing near to God makes us realistic about our own failures and mess-ups but because he is a God of grace and unending love we can come before him knowing that he will not condemn us!
Lord Jesus, you know everything about us and we trust only in your mercy and forgiveness.