Bible for the Day #34

James 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

This verse tells us that healing comes through praying for each other and confessing our sins to one another.  Who would’ve thought?  The next time I need healing of any kind, financial, physical, emotionally the first thing I will do is grab my husband or my prayer partner and confess my sins and pray.

But if you notice that is not all of the verse.  It also says that the prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective.

Who do you want to pray for you?  A righteous person or a weak-willed person?  I want the strongest prayer warrior I can find on my team.  But how do I know who is a righteous person?  The Bible gives us that answer.

Romans 2:13  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 

Now what I think and what God thinks are two completely different things.  Because as a human I look at outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.  When I say I look at “outward” appearance I mean “who is my friend” or “who do I usually hang out with or who reads their Bible, and who is usually at church?”  These things may be important but those things are not the deciding factor of who is righteous.  The Bible tells us in Romans 2:13 that a righteous person obeys the Bible, they do what the Bible says.  I believe this also means that the advice they give me may be hard, but it will be godly advice.  And I know that their prayers will be powerful and effective.  If you want a real prayer warrior on your team, find someone who lives their life by the Bible and befriend them.  Proverbs 27:17 tells us that As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  

You become like the people you hang out with most often.  Is anyone seeking you out as their friend?

And all God’s people said AMEN.

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