The passage titled “The Prayer of Faith” came across my path recently and verse 16 “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” got me thinking about the importance of really connecting with fellow believers.
When you connect, really connect, you start sharing, caring and praying at a deeper level. The bonds and friendship grow stronger and before long, you are doing life together.
My family enjoys Sunday fellowship at church and we learnt that in order to really connect and enjoy doing life together, we needed to be part of a small (connect) group. Bringing our children and being part of a connect group is teaching them also on how to do life together.
I really like the passage from James 5:13-16 and the guidance it gives:
- Are you in trouble – pray
- Are you happy – sing songs of praise
- Are you sick – call on the church elders to pray for you
- If you sinned – God forgives you
- Confess your sins and pray for each other – you’ll be healed
It goes on to say that the prayer of a righteous person (that’s you) is powerful and effective. Regarding your righteousness, see 2 Corinthians 5:21.
As you go about your day let me encourage you to pray and sing songs of praise. It will make your day AWESOME!
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 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 5:13-16 (NIV)