Daily Devotion for January 25, 2015

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed (James 5:16, King James Version).

Scripture: James 5:13-18
Song: “And Must I Be to Judgment Brought?”

Science and medical research today indicates a real connection between our overall health and this: what we do and how we think. And in this key instructional passage, James also shows the links between “confessing your faults one to another . . . pray . . . be healed.”
He gives us specific tasks to follow when sickness falls, some of which we have no problem following. But how many of us actually confess our faults to one another before we pray? How countercultural, how vulnerable, how embarrassing! Yet, James again leads us in the Lord’s way for health and wellness, that we may be healed.
While many Christians agree that confession leads to forgiveness and prayer in faith brings spiritual healing, some question the physical healing process. Yet James clearly tells us that prayer is a part of healing. And if we want to continue to live well, here’s what we are to do: “confess your faults.”
Prayer sessions like this require trust between believers, to keep in confidence what we hear in confession. And the cleansing of our thoughts in confession clears the way for fervent prayers of faith that can change sickness into health. “So that you may be healed,” so that I may be healed.

O Lord, I know You want to cleanse our hearts, our minds, and our sicknesses. Please help me find a trusted accountability partner today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

— Scripture: James 5:13-18