“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16
If we hope to see the manifest presence of God, we will need to come together as believers to seek the face of God. This is not something that will happen if we give God the leftovers of our time and effort. We must pursue God with all of our hearts.
Part of this journey of corporate prayer will bring about a new level of openness and vulnerability. Like James says, we should be confessing our sins to one another and praying for each other. This runs in contrast to what we naturally do as church goers. Most of us try to hide our sins and failures and put on the ‘faithful Christian’ persona while at church.
This is not productive or conducive to authentic spiritual growth as a body. Imagine a church where you could feel comfortable being totally honest and transparent about the struggles you are going through and receiving unbiased support from your Christian brothers and sisters at all times.
We shouldn’t have to imagine this. This should be what church life is like. Let’s make it so by leading the charge in being transparent and vulnerable and see what God will do in our midst!