“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, KJV).
Now hold that thought. Before you dive into that sea of guilt, let me continue. I’m going a different route with this.
Truth is, we all have way too much on our minds and schedules.
Life keeps us so busy, so distracted, yet so focused on our own needs and the immediate needs of our environment that we barely have room for anything else to squeeze in.
If we’re honest, we will admit we hardly have time to pray for our own issues.
We mean well when we tell a friend they’ll be in our prayers, but we often tend to be too easily distracted to follow through.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” 1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV).
But, speaking from experience, I can vouch for the relief it can be to pray for someone else.
In the past couple of months I’ve had times of intense intercession with friends regarding the heartache and struggles they were going through.
Maybe it sounds silly, but I am so grateful I stopped what I was doing–stopped thinking of all that I “needed” to do, for just a few minutes in order to share a time of prayer to our mutual Mediator.
In exchange, my own problems seemed to shrink in comparison and necessity. My concerns became much more manageable.
Praying for someone else’s needs gave me clarity and peace for my own, because I was distracted, in a good way.
I, subconsciously, got out of my own box and away from my own stress, resulting in a win for both me and my friend.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (Romans 12:10 KJV).
In Luke 22, Jesus tells Peter, and the rest of us, that He has prayed for us, that our faith would not fail against the enemy’s pressures.
Ever since, Christ has continued to intercede for His people whenever they come to Him for various issues.
As members of Christ’s body, we should all consider ourselves as one, all working together but playing different roles.
If just one part of the body goes weak, it affects the whole system.
When you pull a muscle or injure some part of your body, notice how the rest of your muscles compensate for the weakness. We never understand how necessary a certain part of our body is until it becomes feeble in some way.
1 Peter 1:22 (KJV) “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”
This isn’t a doctor-certified, five-step plan or anything, but try this the next time you’re in prayer. Use your hand to count from thumb to index finger, and ask God to touch four other people before you ask Him for a personal issue.
Save your pinky for last — your personal request.
Before long, you may start counting the fingers on your other hand too.