Confess and Pray

Do you think that the Bible isn’t practical? Try James 5:13-18! There’s something for everyone in those few verses.

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”

Are you suffering? Are you cheerful? Are you sick? If you’re not suffering or sick, you ought to be cheerful! So if you’re not cheerful, you must either be suffering or sick, so this is very practical. Suffering? Pray! Cheerful? Sing! Sick? Call for the elders of your church. Oh, you’re not a part of a local church? “Membership has its privileges!” Many of our difficulties would be more bearable or even be solvable if we were connected to a body of believers.

Can you imagine being close enough to people in your church that you could confess your trespasses to them? Are you kidding? Confess my trespasses to someone else? Being a connected member of the body of Christ allows me to share at a deep level unrivaled by any other human relationship. To confess my trespasses and not be judged but to have someone pray for me and to receive, not only the forgiveness of God, but to know that I am accepted by Christian brothers and sisters, gives me the freedom to move out from those trespasses and be healed, spirit, soul, and body.

Categories Pastors Blog | Tags: | Posted on May 13, 2011

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