Confess and Pray
“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” (James 5.16 NLT).
Confessing can be one of the most therapeutic and healing things a person can do. Sin and guilt carried within the mind, body and soul can have damaging effects on a person—not only spiritually, mentally, emotionally and relationally, but also physically. The burden of sin will eventually begin to cause our body to pay the price of the constant weight of sin it is carrying. We think we may be getting away with our sin because no one knows, but our own souls know and the consequences will eventually begin to show. Sin isn’t always what we have done. It can also be what has been done to us. Although the fault is not our own, we may allow the effects of guilt and shame to remain active within us. Instead of allowing these negative emotions to fill our lives, we must give the pain to God. The best way to offer up these damaging feelings to the Lord is to confess them to people we trust. We may feel embarrassed and ashamed, but when we finally confess and let go, those emotions can have no more hold over us. We aren’t accountable to what is done to us, but we are responsible for the negativity we allow to stay. It is better to receive healing by confessing to a “righteous person,” and allowing him or her to pray over us and our situation. Only then can we attain the “wonderful results” that confessing and healing can bring to our lives.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1.9 NIV).