Have you ever needed healed? In the book of James we are given this scripture for our good. Unfortunately it does not always seem to come out that way because we do not see all of what the scripture is saying.
James 5:16 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.
Recently, I sensed the Lord remind of the above scripture. I have been in need of healing. I asked for prayer according to the scripture. I asked that others would pray for me that I might know the root of the problem so that I could get delivered and healed. Unfortunately, I found that I could not trust some people that I thought that I could. Instead of showing love and compassion I was basically attacked. I was told to do this or that. I was told all the things in their estimation that I was doing wrong. They were trying to counsel me by their own understanding or what they thought should be. I did not ask for counseling, I asked for prayer. There is a difference. I wanted to know what God said, not what they thought. Eventually they all came and hugged me and prayed, which I knew some of the prayer was right on. Unfortunately, the main thing I received was just another wound that needs healing. One person said that the Holy Spirit did show him that I had been wounded many times in this area. Two of the people were dealt with by the Holy Spirit about their actions and asked me to forgive them. I do forgive them, as I do not wish to hold anything against anyone. I just had to realize that they are walking only in what they know. I do know although, that I can not share with them and expect them to just pray for me.
The above scripture I have found to be very important in helping others. When we pray and intercede for someone we do not take account of wrongs as we see them through Godís eyes. We realize that God alone is the one that changes people as we do not know how to change our self. When we know how or what to do to change comes by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, not someone beating you over the head with the Word or what they think that you should do. We are willing to lay down our life for our sister or brother in prayer. We do warfare or whatever is needed to help them be healed and set free. Our prayers should not be based on our wisdom but on the wisdom of God. I like what the Apostle Paul said in that he did not come to us in the wisdom of man but in the demonstration and power of the Holy Ghost. If we keep wounding our brother and sisters, then why should we expect the Holy Spirit to bring others into our lives as we will just wound them too? What good are our opinions anyway? Our opinions never saved, delivered, or healed anyone. Isnít it time that we learned how to lay down our life for each other and pray for them with effectual fervent prayer because we love them with Godís love? God help us.
After I wrote this, I saw something in this scripture that I knew, yet seemed to forget. We must be selective as to whom we tell things.
Notice some key words here. These are definitions from the Greek concordance in the online Bible program.
1) Fervent-to be operative, be at work, put forth power
1a) to work for one, aid one
2) righteous- observing divine laws
a. in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God
b. innocent, faultless, guiltless
c. used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God,
and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life
If we confess to someone that does not yield to the mind of Christ, they will not come to our aid and seek the Lord for answers.
The major keys here are:
1) confess your faults to only
2) a righteous person (one that has realized that their own righteousness is as filthy rags) as they will
3) be effectual and fervent in praying for you to be healed
God help us to become a fine tuned instrument of the Holy Spirit that people may come to us for prayer in their times of need. Maybe if we could learn to do this people would come to our churches and receive help instead of more wounds. A righteous man praying brings healing. A self-righteous man causes wounds. One is God and one is devilish. May we all go Godís way so that others may receive healing.