“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
Man, doing God’s work gets really tiring! Having to stand in judgment of everyone’s sins just wears me out! Analyzing what my President says and weighing against my beliefs and comfort, looking at others and how they handle racism and life in general, and making sure that the American people believe as I do exhausts me! I wish that everyone would just read my books and do as I wish they would do!
OK, those of you who know me know that I am being facetious. Although I’m not perfect, the above paragraph is not what I model my life after. But in looking at how we are reacting to others in the world, as a whole, Americans are living very judgmental lives. And trying to take the place of God is a sin. He is the only One who knows the heart. He knows the attitudes and why people act the way they do and we have no right (oh, my goodness, there’s that word again) to judge anyone for anything. What would happen if we prayed for each other instead of wasting time criticizing?
We need to pray for one another that we let God be God and that we forgive those who trespass against us. We are all living in the free country of America, and this is a blessing that we don’t want to destroy in an inner conflict.
Father, give us Your guidance and strength as we honestly confess our sings to You and to one another. And give us compassionate hearts as we pray for each other (including politicians and media) and our leaders across America and the world. Rid us of judgment, condemnation, and pride, and fill us with a spirit of grace, mercy, and love. Create in our hearts a fervent desire to pray every day for Your leadership to reign in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen