James 5:16 – 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.
In a world that promotes self-pride, independence and an attitude of “do-what-you-do”, it would appear hard to adopt this verse into one’s daily living. But this verse should be in our “Christian Survival Kit.
I remember a vision I had a few years ago while I was praying. I saw two people facing each other and it was obvious they were angry with each other. In between them was an image of Satan, looking back and forth at them smirking. Suddenly the two people stopped arguing and embraced each other, and the image of Satan turned away and stormed off in a rage.
It is always a good practice to have someone who prays with you. It’s good to know you have someone you can confess your shortcomings to without shame. If this person is filled with the Holy Spirit and demonstrates it in all areas of their lives, they would be the one who would be able to get a prayer through on your behalf. Proverbs 27:17 tells us iron sharpens iron and we can sharpen each other.
Confessing our shortcomings will loosen the grip Satan puts on us through guilt and the never-ending task of concealment.
We weren’t designed to operate independently of each other. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 demonstrates and gives us a perfect example how there is strength in a meaningful friendship or relationship. So look around you, there is someone you can count on. Just look around. God always has someone or several people we can go to. Confessing our shortcomings will loosen the grip Satan puts on us through guilt and the never-ending and exhausting task of concealment. Let’s work on becoming partners in Christ to defeat the enemy with a spirit of unity.
Dear God. I pray we will realize how dangerous pride is to our relationships with others. Teach us how to be honest with ourselves and then each other. You designed the church to operate as one unit, not the many splinter groups we see today. I pray you bring us closer together through confessions and intercessions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.