Daily Bible Reading: James 5:7-16
Sometimes this study can be difficult. You have to be open, honest, and share your heart. Have you been digging deep down stuff that you don’t want the world to know? If you have been, you are probably seeing real change in your life – both in Christ and in your physical body.
That’s exactly why I chose this passage for today.
Verse 16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
The first part of the verse says, “Confess your faults one to another.” Be HONEST. Talk about what you struggle with. Talk about the areas you are weakest in. Find someone you can confide in and talk to when you cave and have a brownie. Be open and confess when you would rather sit on the couch and watch TV than get up and exercise.
The more real you are, the more others will know how to pray for you.
Then, there’s the next part of the verse: “Pray for one another, that ye may be healed.” I promise you, if I confess my faults to you, and you confess your faults to me, and we both start praying for each other, we are *both* going to feel some healing. When you can come together and feel free to be downright honest about your own failures, without fear of judgement, amazing things can happen.
Now, look at the last part of the verse, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Effectual fervent here means, “to be at work at.” (It’s one word translated from the Hebrew.) So, what this part of the verse is saying is that someone who works at praying – really gets down and prays sincerely, openly, honestly… THEY have the power to do mighty things. Don’t just tell someone you’re going to pray for them and then just casually happen to mention them in your nightly prayers. Take time to steal away and pray specifically for them. It doesn’t have to be long, but you should truly call out their name before the Lord.
If you’re still sitting on the fence, or if you’ve fallen off the path so far in this study, why not hop back on? God hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s still right here, waiting for you to come to Him. Whatever you’re struggling with, be it weight or burdens of a different kind, God knows. He loves you. Hand it to Him, and press on for the rest of our time in this study.
1. Have you been open and honest throughout this study? Have you written out your feelings if you’ve printed out the daily studies?
2. Have you fallen off track? Not been as active in the study as you were when you first started? Are you willing to come back and try again?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.