Thursday August 11, 2022

Thursday – August 11, 2022     -----     
5:15b) And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
 5:16) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

      Good day Thursday! Once again, our inspirational thought and our scripture verse go hand in hand. Our inspirational thought comes from the readings surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in 587BC as seen and prophesied by Jeremiah. I am sure the people of Jerusalem were praying, probably pleading, or more likely demanding that God send the Babylonians packing. When looking at this scenario in the context of the prayers of the Jerusalemites who were being starved out by the Babylonians, adding in “thy will be done” would be a hard tag to end their prayers. They were God’s chosen people and God’s will would/should be that they would not suffer. But in reading the text we can easily see that these people had all but abandoned God by worshipping and trusting the idols of the false religions of their day. Such reality can even make it hard for us to prayer for God’s will, as we might actually get what we pray for and what we may deserve.
   The latter part of verse fifteen serves as a bridge for both the sick person to be prayed for and the need for confession from sin by all people. In the case of the sick person, if there is sin in their life, they must also ask for God’s forgiveness. Unconfessed sin remains a roadblock to the healing power of God. It is important to note that confession is not to be taken as a command to opening and outwardly confess our every sin to other people. However, to acknowledge when we have done wrong and to offer prayers for each other strengthens our spiritual lives. To effectively confess our sin, we should seek out someone whom we respect and who will also hold us accountable. James identifies this as a righteous person, a person who is in a right relationship with God and with other people.  Who might be a “righteous” person that you can turn to in times of confession?

  Pastor Jim
Friday – August 12, 2022
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 42755). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.  
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