One of the things I learned when I was studying the book of Ephesians is how God wants the church, or community of believers, to be united in Christ. Basically, our recognition of our need for a Savior and believing that our salvation comes through Jesus unites all believers. This is a special community where we are bound together and when one is hurting we are all effected. On the flip side, when one is rejoicing it also effects us all. There is power in this community because this community is the body of Christ. Today, I want to explore what this means when we call to God for healing. Please read James 5:13-18.
These verses spell out not only the power of prayer, but the power of community prayer. We grow in our walk with God when we spend time alone in prayer and He listens to us and it is also our opportunity to listen to Him. But, when we pray together there is power! Jesus instructed His disciples on the importance of unity within the community of believers. In Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus says, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” When we are gathered together in unity with one another as Christ followers, Jesus is there! The power isn't just in the fact that many people are praying, the power is in Christ's presence.
According to James, we can come to God for any healing as a body of believers. The thing I found interesting in this passage is the fact that confessing our sins is also mentioned in the power of prayer. James 5:16 says, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." When we confess our sins and give them over to God, our prayers become powerful and effective. The Greek word translated as powerful and effective is energeō. This word can mean to be at work, or to put forth power. So when we are right with God, our prayer is at work in our lives. That is incredible to me! Knowing there is power in our prayer and power in praying as a unified community of believers, we can see that healing happens through prayer.
Have you spent time in prayer? Do you pray with a group of believers?
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