Praying With Power
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
This morning's message was about putting on the breastplate of righteousness. (Eph 6) I know that it seems a bit unusual that I would talk about righteousness amid a crisis. But here is the big idea. Everything that you want and need from God flows from your relationship with Christ. If you want God to answer your prayers, then I suggest that you work on your relationship with Him.
James, in this verse, tells us to confess our sins to each other. No, he isn't saying that you blab every sin you've ever committed to everyone that you know. James is saying that one should be able to pour your heart out to spiritual leaders who will listen with the love of Christ. He connects this confession to healing.
Years ago, a woman who was suffering from several ailments was attending my church. She asked if she could speak to my wife and me. For around 45 minutes, she confessed a long history of mistakes and sins, which she was exceedingly sorrowful for.
Her confession led her to renew her relationship with Christ and pursue Him with all of her heart. But within a short time, one by one, her ailments began to disappear. After some time, she was a whole new woman inside and out. As her anger, depression, and stress dissipated, so did her symptoms.
When your relationship is right with Christ, it empowers you in so many different ways. Your prayers are heard, and your presence in people's lives leads them to healing. When you pray for people, it lifts and encourages their faith.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me draw closer to you today. Allow my life to be a light in this great time of crisis to others. AMEN.
P.S. The church I pastor, FFWC, is praying and fasting for the next 21 days through this crisis. We are praying for each other and you.