There is a lot of truth in the Word of God. Some of that truth we never read. Some of that truth we ignore. (AND…..insert pregnant pause) SOME truth, we hold others to a level of expectation that we don’t follow through with. James 5:16 (AMP) states the following:
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God – it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”
Sounds amazing when you are the one needing to confess. You want to call that confidant or prayer partner, or for some of us – the person who will listen most of the time, and lay your heart on their proverbial therapy couch. I would interject that you add some discernment to the person you choose to air out to. Proverbs 27:17 says iron sharpens iron, not aluminum sharpens iron. You’ll get that in your lunch time meditation. Let it develop….
Furthermore, when it is our turn to be the intercessor, some of us don’t conveniently have any time, even if you agree to pray for that person as they ask. Let’s do a heart check, we all fall short. This verse reminds us of a couple of R.N.A. (Right Now Applicables… because I love acronyms)
- People confess to you for healing. Are you REALLY ready to be a block to that?
- You may be confessing today, and listening tomorrow. Life happens in seconds.
- The prayers of the RIGHTEOUS can accomplish much. Seems like this should spur us to want to be righteous. THOSE believers have power. THOSE believers can get a prayer through.
- Prayer is a conversation with God. You talk AND listen.
I pray this stirs in your system as either confirmation, or correction. Be blessed!