“Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16
“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” (The Message)
When we hold one another accountable, we tend to be more in tune with God. Hidden sin, guilt and condemnation, all create barriers that come between our hearts and His. As we confess and contend for one another in prayer, our walls crumble and we become aware of the ever closeness of Christ. When we are right before Him, covered and cleansed by the cross Christ bore on our behalf, we are better equipped to come before our Creator and contend for that which we are being called. He hears and answers prayers that are prayed with a sincere heart and pure motives.
Again, this seems to be a clear reminder that we are called to be in community. He created us to be companions to one another and to come close to Him, so that right relationship could again be restored. Jesus made plain the path to pursue our Provider. As we draw near to Him and encourage one another, His power within us is made evident as He heals hearts and transforms communities.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know our need and provide people to partner with in prayer. Thank You that Your presence is promised where two or more gather together in Your Name. (Matthew 18:20) Forgive us for the times we forego accountability and attempt to do it all alone. Thank You that You are gracious and merciful as You are faithful to meet us in our moments and guide us back to You. Teach us to trust You more, and provide people to walk beside us as we fix our eyes on You. May our mutual encouragement and confession to one another keep our hearts right before You so that we may be used mightily to touch lives and transform communities, placing You alone in the center. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present