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A True Prayer

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

James 5: 16 King James Version

The Bible says that when someone confesses a fault to us, we need to pray for them. It also says to “Confess your faults to one another”. All of us have faults and we need to lose our “Holier than thou attitudes”. The verse does not say to judge or to point a condemning finger; it says to pray for each other. If we are just criticizing and judging, and do not pray for that person, then we need to keep quiet.

If we were to be honest with each other without fear of being rejected and ridiculed, we would have a lot less heartache in this world. There are many times when we get angry with someone and say something hateful to them. The Bible says that it is okay to be angry; it does not say that it is okay to say hateful words back to the person who hurts us.

A true prayer comes from our hearts. We need to pray for that person to feel the Love of Jesus in their hearts and lives. Remember, it is not our responsibility to change a person. Only Jesus can change a person’s heart and life. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we get in the way of Jesus working in someone’s life by our critical and harsh words that we say to that person. Words of criticism turn people away from Jesus, instead of turning their hearts to Jesus.

I have received several emails in the last six months regarding this issue. Let’s start praying for each other, and then allow Jesus to change the person’s heart.

Joanne Lowe
March 19, 2006

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