Testimony Tuesday

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

"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." (James 5:16)

CONFESSION

Do you remember the Bible story of Elijah who proved the power of God by prayer? He prayed, and "the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench." (1 Kings 18:36-38) However, before Elijah prepared the sacrifice, and before the people witnessed the power of God, he had to repair the altar that had been broken down (1 Kings 18:1). The Lord's altar of sacrifice in the Old Testament was a display of God's recommended means for access and fellowship with Him.

The idea of repair in our lives means coming to God with a repentant heart. In prayer, we confess our faults in order to restore access to God. We must realize that though we are God's beloved children, we must remove sin from our lives before approaching His throne. We do this through confession.

The word confess in this verse means to "acknowledge." Faults are defined as a "side-slip, lapse, deviation, unintentional error or willful transgressions." What needs to be confessed in your life so that God might hear your prayer? What faults need to be acknowledged?

For God to hear our prayers we need to repair those things in our lives that hinder fellowship with and access to Him. Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear me." It’s true our sins separate us from from our God who heals (Isaiah 59:1-2). When we harbor and hold sin in our hearts and refuse to confess, God will not hear our prayers, which means He will not answer them. However, "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) Don't you want to be cleansed?

When we confess our faults, our testimony is healing.

Let's ask ourselves today, is there anything or anyone keeping us from true confession? Let us begin to repair our lives and repent so that we may have access to the wonderful blessings of God! Healing is unavailable without confession. It’s testimony time!

What is standing in the way of your healing?


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