Confession is simply honesty before God without excuses or pretending to be anything other than we are, utterly dependent upon Christ for grace and the power to change.
Many Christians have written prayers they hope will be useful to other Christians also. The following is one such prayer:
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace
to grow more and more in your likeness and image;
through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.