Scripture: James 5:13-18
Key verse: (16) Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. ”
Reflection: Many people don’t want anyone to know what they are going through. It takes trust and vulnerability to confess your struggles to someone else. It’s even harder to confess your sins. But, one way to be healed is to be vulnerable – to let others know you are hurting so they can draw alongside you and pray for you in your time of need.
Prayer is powerful. The act of standing before God, admitting our weaknesses and asking for help changes us. Prayer can heal our circumstances and lead us to change. The instructions in today’s passage are important. They show us that we need each other and that sin is real, but healing is possible. Our circumstances won’t change overnight. Healing takes time. But, don’t lose heart, let others in to support and encourage you. Remember that prayer is effective and you don’t have to suffer alone.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to look for those suffering in the body and sick in soul. Give us courage to walk with those who are seeking your healing. May we show your grace in our words and actions. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Our church has resources to help you through a difficult time. One such ministry is Stephen Ministry. Check out this link if you want more information. https://myersparkpres.org/project/stephen-ministry/
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].