“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Have you ever kept something from someone fearing their response? And the longer you withheld it from them, the bigger the problem seemed to get? It is often the case though, that when we confide in that person, we find relief. It is like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders. That feeling is similar to what James is referring to at the beginning of today's verse.
The trouble with our culture is that we cannot ever admit to doing any wrong or showing any signs of weakness, when actually it i's through this process of confession that we open ourselves up to receive all that God has for us. God values vulnerability, when we choose no longer to hold on to our sins, but bring them into the light through sharing them with others.
We were made for community, to have the opportunity and a safe place to share and confess what we are dealing with. It is through this process that we, as James states, can receive healing; whether from unforgiveness, trauma, hurt, or even physical conditions. When we hold on to our sins and past hurts, we are preventing ourselves from moving forward into what God has for us. Jesus came so that we may experience heaven on earth; healing to our mind, body and spirit.
Two things to think about:
1. Is there anything I need to confess?
That may sound scary, but when we share what is going on with others - more often than not - that in itself can bring a healing and freedom to our situation. God does not remember our sins, so why should we? Do not allow your past to dictate your future. God has great things in store for you. He is inviting you to leave behind the things which restrict you or prevent you from experiencing true freedom.
Think about and write down anything which you have been holding on to; is there anyone you can share this with? Remember, every Sunday after the service at church, we have a team ready and willing to pray for and with you and see you receive the breakthrough you have been longing for.
2. Powerful and effective prayers
This is an amazing truth to think about: we have been made righteous through our decision to become Christians. Therefore, our prayers are powerful and effective. If you take that a step further, you could say that since our prayers are powerful and effective, then it is impossible for us to pray and have nothing happen! Whether we see instant results in our prayers or not, we can trust that since we have prayed, something is going to happen.
Think about this truth today: your prayers are powerful and effective. How does that change the way you pray/think about your situation? Declare over yourself today “My prayers and powerful and effective.”