May 16, 2023
Back in 1995 I was part of a small men’s prayer group with 3 other men. It started out as a prayer group but one day that all changed when one of the men in the group was struggling and we could see it in his face. He turned to us and “spilled His guts”. He was willing to take a risk and share what he was struggling with. What happened next was amazing! He all looked at each other and one after the other confessed that we all were struggling with similar things and we needed God to move in our lives! I will never forget not only how much my respect for the first man who confessed to us had risen, but also what God began to do in our lives. From that point forward our meetings were not the same. We held each other accountable, prayed for each other daily and saw God move mightily in our lives!
To confess your sins to each other, meaning a fellow follower of Christ is not an easy thing and requires us to be vulnerable with them and ultimately with God. It may not be easy, but God has a plan and a purpose for you being vulnerable. When we can take this step with a fellow believer it releases something within us. When we can be vulnerable and share our secret sins and struggles with others it opens us up to have Jesus come into those dark places in our lives that so easily entangle us. Confession is a catalyst for repentance which leads to healing. Praying for each other is the vehicle for that healing.
The second part of the verse is in conjunction with “righteous.” Person in prayer is powerful and effective! So, who is righteous? Romans 5 verse 1 says Therefore, since we have been justified (or Righteous in some translations) through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is those who have put their faith in Jesus for their salvation. Believers who are talking the talk and walking the walk. These are the people you should have praying for you! A close friend, a pastor or mentor. Someone you can trust! Find that person today and ask them if you can share with them the sin you are struggling with and pray for you. Once you have taken that step of vulnerability you can experience a new level of God working in your life. Ask them if they would hold you accountable and keep you in prayer. In my experience this has been some of the most rewarding relationships I have had. I have seen God move powerfully through confession to someone in whom I trust will keep it, hold me accountable and pray for me daily.
’68 / ’87 Winter Garden FL