Praying for One Another|
Bible Study on Prayer
Written by Michael J. Martinez
Guiding Light Praying Ministry.
?Confess your faults (Gr. Faults Paraptoma ? sins, offences) one to another and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails (avails Ischuo ? To have power or to be strong) much ? James 5:16 KVJ.
When we confess our faults one to another and pray for each other?s struggles, God hears and moves in a way only He can, as the verse utters ?healed.? God will heal us in the way He desires to heal us, whether that is physical, mentally, spiritually, or even financially, but whatever the case is, He will heal us, and only God can heal the emptiness and voids in our hearts, minds, and souls. The one person we confess too should be a person in whom we can truly trust in, and this person should be sought by much prayer, because if we choose of our own flesh then it may be a wrong decision and hurt may incur because of possible gossip. We don?t ask or expect our friend to be able to forgive us of our sins, because only God can forgive sin and is why you need to be personally asking for forgiveness. We also can?t expect people to pray for us, but as only to be intercessors in prayer, because God expects you to do this or else it would not be a relationship. Man is not the mediator to the Father but the intercessor for others, Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man (Titus 2:5).
The word of God says ?And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching? (Heb. 10:24,25). So we see that God expects us to be lifting each other up and stirring up or awakening an excitement in our brother and sister to seek Jesus Christ in our daily trials. We all need to consider one another and not abandon or leave another especially when they are weak and having hard times. Because the worlds philosophy teaches people from a young age to abandon the weaker link, to do what you have to so that you make it to the top, forsake others who can?t be helped, disregard those in need, and look out for yourself. Well Jesus said to the Pharisees in Luke 16 verse 15 ?And He said to them, ?You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.? So we should do as the writer of Philippians says ?Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others? (Philippians 2:3,4). This is the total opposite of what the world teaches as to what God teaches, and usually this is the case in which scripture vs the philosophy of the world.
Confess in the Greek means to acknowledge openly and joyfully, to profess that one will do something for you, like pray, or encourage. To allow a shoulder for one to weep on, or submit an ear and listen to ones struggles. As Christians we shouldn?t be quarreling or wronging one another, Moses tried to reconcile two brethren as they were fighting saying in Acts 7 verse 26 ?Men you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?? I think sometimes that Christians are no better then non-believers in the way they act, we can be human of course and make mistakes, but we need to act as representatives of Jesus Christ in applying His word to our everyday life, and enjoying it. The process sometimes isn?t what we expect and we probably would want it different, but God knows best, the bible says ?Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out? ( Romans 11:33 ). Unless we learn to understand the process from the perspective of the gospel, as to why our Lord may allow things in our life, then I?m sure we will rejoice in our trials and be content with life, as the Apostle Peter speaks in 1 Peter 1 verses 6 through 9.
Now we read in Mark 9 verse 50 ?Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.? How important that is as a Christian, because once you start forgetting to read the bible, praying without ceasing, building your relationship with Jesus, fellowshipping with other believers, and reaching out to help others, then preaching the gospel becomes stagnant. Your activeness turns to an inactive, dormant, and stale walk due to a lack of loving, and searching the scriptures.
Jesus gives us a commandment to love one another as Jesus has loved us, that when we love one another, all will know we are disciples of Jesus ? John 13:34, 34. Jesus seems to speak this greatly in His Ministry on earth and even makes it a commandment, I wonder why? As I speak for myself in a sarcastic kind of way. We read it in John 15 verse 12, and again in John 15 verse 17. We are told by Jesus to receive one another, Just as Christ also received us in Romans 15 verse 7. Christians ?being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another? (Rom.12:5). So we are to ?be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another?? (Rom.12:10). ?Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion? (Rom 12:16). ?Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another? (Rom.12:16).
And in closing I want to end with this verse from Romans 15 verse 5 ?Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.? If we as Christians don?t live the life and process that Jesus sets before us to live then our testimony is of no affect on those people who don?t know Jesus and are searching.
May God Bless all who read these words
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Published on: 2005-05-25 (1513 reads)[ Go Back ]