Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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 (NIV))
Have you noticed the sequence of events in this passage?
As the Body of Christ, we are to confess our sins to each other and to pray for each other. These steps lead to healing, but did you notice that there is a followup statement? It is actually a declaration. If you believe in logic, then what is presented makes perfect sense. Do steps A and B and then D will result. The reason is because A and B leads to C, which leads to D.
It looks like we have been given a roadmap on how to get to the power and effectiveness of a righteous person. If that is the case, do we truly follow these simple, yet profound, directions? Do we follow the roadmap that we have been given, or do we like to think that we can find our way on our own?
Do we confess our sins to each other or do we just get together and gossip?
Do we truly pray for each other or do we simply give lip service to the needs of others so that we can focus on our needs?
Do either of these sound like they would lead to healing?
Would a righteous person gossip? Would a righteous person focus on their own needs? Is this why our prayers are going unanswered?
Personally, I believe that we need to stop our detours and get back to the roadmap that has been given to us. Because we have strayed, we have surrendered our power and effectiveness.