“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16
An old spiritual, written by Rev. Gary Davis, goes, “Talk about me as much as you please, I’ll talk about you down on my knees.” If we’d talk less about what we don’t like in others, and instead prayed for them, the world would be a better place. At the very least, as we unburden our hearts to the Lord about a difficult relationship (an adversarial neighbor, wayward child, tyrannical boss, unsupportive spouse), God’s grace will flow down to us enabling us to bear up under it. Though not easy, when we sincerely and lovingly, as God has first loved and forgiven us, lift up even our worst enemy in prayer, tension and stress melt away. We are left feeling much lighter, and at peace, giving over our burdens to the Lord (1 Peter 5:7).
Samuel Rutherford wrote, “I have been helped… by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them, I have gotten something for myself.”
Thanks for Meandering along with me,