40 Days | DAY 37
Pray for no rain?
Read James 5:16-18
“16-18 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. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.” MSG
So, I am new to Florida and apparently a hurricane is headed straight for us right now. Most of the locals tell me it probably won’t hit us so… I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.
I think the forecast of massive wind and rainfall has caused this verse to stand out to me. Because, it would be pretty amazing to be able to pray like Elijah right about now. I could pray hard and the storm would push out to sea and avoid everyone.
In this verse, Elijah is an example of a person living right with God and apparently, he was human just like us. James tells us to confess to each other on a regular basis. Which will in turn, will make our prayers powerful and help us to live together whole and healed just like Elijah.
And then it hit me.
I have friends in my life that know how I have messed up. My wife knows how I have messed up. When I confess something to one of these trusted people, I feel freedom. This is what James is referring to. There is power and freedom to pray together when there is no shame to divide us. We need to make this a common practice.
Do you have someone you trust in your life who knows the real you? Have you created a place to regularly share what is really going on? If not, I encourage you to. In fact, pray right now that God will bring to mind the person/people you can trust and share your struggles with.
…there is no shame to divide us…
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