“Confess your [sins] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The [effective] fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”James 5:16
Part of the program of our addictions ministry, Freedom That Lasts, includes breaking up into small groups. Our group time lasts approximately 45 minutes, although my wife’s group tends to go a little longer than that. I think of this time as one of the most important aspects of the ministry. Group time is when we get to know each other on a deeper level and truly build relationships.
The time consists of each person sharing how God is working in their life amidst the struggles of the week. We also share prayer requests and our spiritual wins and losses. It is a time when we confess our faults one to another, and a time of accountability. It works best when we are honest with each other, and when each person is willing to agree with God to make the changes God would have them to make.
The last part of the group time is used to share prayer requests and to spend time together in prayer. This time to me is precious as we ask God to help us live as we should and to help those in our lives we are concerned about. Physical healing is important, but spiritual healing yields eternal rewards. God is able to do the impossible if we will ask, and we have seen great answers to prayer during this group time. When God’s people are gathered together, He is in the midst, and our prayers are precious to Him.
Who in your life needs help today? For whom are you praying? Do you have an accountability partner to whom you can confess your faults? Does your prayer life consist primarily of your own personal requests or are you concerned with the spiritual needs of others? May we take our needs before Him, and may we be diligent in praying one for another. Ephesians 6:18 states, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” May we not be soon to forget the needs of others, and may we make our requests known to the One who can do above and beyond all that we ask or think.