Forty Days of Prayer March 13, 2013
Prayer is often thought of as a solitary spiritual event. Yet there are many passages from scripture that remind us of the importance of praying together and for others. Here is such a passage from the Book of James.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
The first sentence of this verse asks us to confess our sins to each other. In today’s world confession is not a popular activity. This verse reminds us that the church is not a collection of perfect people, but a gathering of people seeking the grace of God. And by confessing to each other we are called to be people who share with each other, the forgiveness that Jesus has shared with us.
We are also asked to pray for each other so that we are healed. Quite often the excuse people make is that we are not our brother’s keeper. One of the things our Lord asks of us is that we carry each others burdens. We are called to help each other when we are struggling, and we pray for each other when we are sick. The reason I think in today’s world why we have a harder time caring for each other is that we do not spend enough time praying for each other. If you pray for someone from your heart for 7 days in a row, I would guarantee you will find someone who is ready to help that person when given the opportunity.
The last part of this verse reminds us of the power and effectiveness of prayer. One of the benefits of keeping a prayer journal is keeping track of the things that you pray for, because then you will find out just how effective prayer is in life. Those who are righteous in this verse are not perfect people, but those who are made righteous in the presence and grace of Jesus.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Dear Lord, thank you for another day. Your renewing grace brings untold opportunities to each and every day. I would also like to pray for these brothers and sisters ………. Remind me of the power and effectiveness of prayer this week, as I see Your will being done. Amen.