“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.”
It is God’s desire for us as believers to be united in love such that we can openly discuss our faults and lapses. Then through prayers for one another, we can draw strength, encouragement and healing to carry on.
Our anchor scripture says “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” This speaks of a high sense of ‘koinonia (communion/fellowship) among believers.
In all of Paul’s epistles, we see him constantly praying for the saints at the churches even when he was in prison and desperately needed prayers himself.
Let’s consider these scriptures.
“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;”
“Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy”
“We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you”
“For this cause, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;”
Colossians 1: 9
“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;”
1 Thessalonians 1:2
This is a culture we must imbibe as believers in Christ. We are to pray for our brethren to experience remarkable progress and joy in the faith; and that God’s word grows mightily in them and through them.
We should pray for their needs as well. In the place of prayer, we can get leadings, words, instructions, prophecies and much more for our brethren. How beautiful!
So, the same fervour with which we go about prayers for our personal issues is the same fervour we should give to praying and interceding for others.
Commit to praying for your fellow brethren today. Draw up a structure around it and stick to it.