Just Pray

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 King James Version

Have you ever noticed that people will share good things about themselves with us but they are reluctant to confess their faults to us? They probably are reluctant to share their faults with us because they are afraid that we won’t want to be their friends any longer. I wonder how many times people have shared their faults with us and instead of praying for them, we immediately started thinking about how we could help them, or worse still, we thought “How can this person be a Christian and do these things?”

Instead of taking them to Jesus and praying for them like Jesus told us to do, we criticized them and judged them. Jesus said to pray one for another. He did not say to give advice or tell people what they should do or criticize and judge them; He said to pray for them so they will be healed. Jesus is the one who does the healing, not us. I think if we will be honest with ourselves, all of us are guilty at times of giving advice and telling people what they should do instead of praying for them when they ask confess their faults to us.

Have you ever confessed your faults to someone and instead of that person praying for you, that person told you how terrible you were? Five years ago, I confessed to someone that I was still having a lot of trouble controlling my anger (thank God, I no longer have that problem) and that person immediately said “You can’t be a Christian if you are tempted to do that.” In the first place even Jesus was tempted so it is not a sin to be tempted; it only becomes sin when we act on the temptation.

We read in the Bible “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4: 14 – 16).

Every one of us needs to be very careful that we don’t criticize and judge others. Always remember when we criticize and judge others; we are criticizing and judging Jesus. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25: 40). Are you criticizing and judging Jesus? If you are criticizing and judging Jesus, may God have mercy on you. One day you will stand before a Holy God and give an account of the way you treated His beloved Son.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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