Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
One of the greatest blessings that comes with being part of the body of Christ is the opportunity we have to pray for each other. Intercession is very powerful. I often think we fail to remember how powerful and impactful it really is. As important as it is for us to present our own requests and concerns to God in prayer, it’s just as important that we have people in our circle who can pray alongside us.
Maybe you are going through a difficult season right now. You might be experiencing some tension within your marriage. Maybe you are struggling with an unmet desire. Or like we discussed yesterday, you might have a child who has walked away from the Lord. No matter what you are going through, having people to pray with you about your circumstances is invaluable.
James, the brother of Jesus, made this point very clearly when he said, Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
Read that last sentence again. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” In that case, we should want as many people praying alongside us as possible, as we bring what is on our hearts to our Heavenly Father.
In other words, prayer should not be a solo effort. If you haven’t already done this, I would encourage you to find the people in your life who you can let in, regardless of the messiness of your circumstances. Find people who you can trust, and who won’t spread gossip with the information that you share with them. These are the kinds of people who you want in your corner. These are the kinds of people who are righteous and godly, whose prayers will be powerful and effective.