Praying for Others

November 2, 2021

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.

Praying for Others

               Something many of us may overlook is the need for body ministry and prayer.  As a functioning body of Christ our participation in the function of the body has relatively little to do with what we do in church and a whole lot more to do in our daily lives and relationships. 

               James brings forth the point that we are all about ministering and praying for one another.  We are one another’s confidants and encouragers.  The power of our ministry within the body of Christ is seen through prayer.  Christ gave the mandate to pray and believe with all confidence, because He has imparted His power and authority unto us.  In Luke 10:19 Jesus says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”  The body of Christ grows strong not because we are all individual islands struggling upon our own journey.  We grow strong because we have one another’s backs.  We should be able to rely upon one another, go to each other for prayer and council and encourage one another in the Lord.  We should be able to confess our sins to one another without the fear of judgement and condemnation, but knowing that we are all weak in our flesh and we reinforce one another in the fear and obedience to Christ. 

               Let us build those relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ where we are a continual support and encouragement for one another.  We are a body, a family and functioning unit interlocked and inter-working with the other members of the body that in all things Christ is lifted up and the body of Christ is built up.  It is in our ministry to others that we receive our needs and our healing.  We all must continually be flowing and moving in His life and His truth, so that He can fill us with all that He is.  Each one of us walking in the Spirit, is an expression of the life and attributes of Christ.  He is among us, ministering to us and through us because we all manifest various aspects, gifts and abilities that He has imparted through us for ministry.  We are all ministers of His grace.  Be sensitive to your place in functioning and operating out of His life.  You are an essential and critical part of His body. 

Blessings,

#kent

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A Time for every Purpose under Heaven

Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Our lives are made up of many seasons and one thing about life is that it never stays the same and time never stands still. Life is a dynamic that is always in motion, interacting with the lives around it. The one constant that we have is God’s Word and it doesn’t change, but it does contain wisdom and direction for our lives in whatever season and time we find ourselves in. There are times we feel like we have control over some of the things in our lives and others when we seem to have no control at all. But again, the one constant that we have is the Lord in our lives, who never leaves us or forsakes and is with us in good times and in the bad. He is the One through and with whom we travel every season of our life and desire to find His purpose. It is not always easy to know what God’s purpose is at times in our lives. We don’t always understand His hand, why He does or doesn’t do things the way we have prayed or hoped. We can only trust His heart, because we know that all of His ways are right and just and that His nature is love.
It is important that, just as God is with us in every season and purpose of our lives, we are there for one another, sharing each other’s life experiences and encouraging one another through the process. Sometimes we are the salt God has prepared to place in the wound of ones that are hurting. Sometimes we are there to share in the excitement and joy of a precious moment or happening. What God is working in each of us is that we are a people for all seasons, equipped and furnished unto every good work. Our preparation is through our own life experiences and learning to walk with the Lord through each one. Galatians 6:9-10 tells us, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” A lot of things come in there own good time which often isn’t as soon as we think it ought to be. The Lord exhorts us to just keep on in well doing towards others and especially our brethren and eventually we will see that we will reap what we sow.
As we move through the changing times and seasons of our lives learn to rest in the Lord in whatever place you are in, don’t get anxious or upset, but look to the Lord to teach you in that place. Ask Him what He wants to work in you. Trust Him and be faithful in both the hard and the easy places, in the good times and the bad. Don’t grow discouraged, defeated or weary in your well doing for the Lord is our portion and our blessing and as the Word says, “in due season we will reap, if we faint not.” Let us be there for one another encouraging and helping one another, sharing our life experiences together. For there is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven and the Lord is a part of them all. Let us trust and walk with Him through each one.

Blessings,
#kent

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