The Power of Praying with Friends
I've been really challenged by Katrina's post on prayer, and how powerful it is to put aside time to pray with our friends and family. We hope today's devotional inspires you to be prayer warriors this week and beyond! Lucy x
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.
James 5:6 (MSG)
As an external processer, I am prone to talk through issues and challenges I’m facing with someone else. But once we’re done with the bare-all conversation James suggests we PRAY. In fact, in saying it should be our ‘common practice’ he means we should be aiming to pray with our Christian friends whenever we hang out with them or talk to them. So once you have finished your coffee or are about to sign off Skype, why not pray together about the challenges you have just shared?
Often it can be easier to confess our sins to one another than confess them to God. It seems when it comes to talking to our Heavenly Father about a particularly difficult situation we often just can’t find the words.
The beauty of the friendship and community suggested in this verse is that we can talk to each other (the ‘easy’ bit) and then standing side by side, bring those confessions to God in prayer. In doing so we can live ‘whole and healed’ pursuing holiness together.
The power of prayer:
The second half of this verse gives us an incredible reason why we should be praying. This is not only a reminder of how crazy powerful God is (something we all need to refresh from time to time!) but also that we have that power through prayer too. In Matthew 17:20 it says:
‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you’
Our faithful prayers are a force to be reckoned with.
Don’t shrink God to be pocket sized; He is so much bigger and better than that. Don’t just pray about what seems possible, pray for the impossible, and pray big! Watch God move in the way only He can.
Katrina is a Sports student studying at Durham University, and is involved with King's Church. She works on the More Precious Team coordinating Faith Played Out. Katrina is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.