Prayer in Times of Need

Therefore, openly acknowledge your sins to one another, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

We all need someone who we can confide in about our struggles. Someone who we can share our difficulties with who will help us to pray for healing. This two way process of mutual sharing and support is both therapeutic and strengthens us spiritually.

The bible encourages us to bear one another’s burdens to fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) The aim is to find someone who we can trust to share our burdens with. Someone who will lift us up and help us pray in times of weaknesses. We are to also stand in the gap for that person so that the burden is shared between us.

Adapting this principle will reduce stress and the amount of time we spend in isolation and distress. Pray and ask God to show you someone who you can trust to share your heart with. In 2 Samuel, David had a great love for Johnathan who supported and prayed for him and stood by him in times of trouble. In Luke 1, Mary knew that she could confide in and find comfort in her cousin Elizabeth. Ruth refused to leave Naomi but committed to staying with her in spite of her pain and struggle. (Ruth 1:16) Although Jesus had 12 disciples, he had a closer relationship with Peter, James and John and invited them to help him pray in Gethsemane.

These things were recorded to point to our need for close relationships for support. We need friends and confidants who we can trust to talk to and confide in who can help bear our burdens and pray for us during difficult times.

A.P.-Y.

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