Sunday, April 12, 2009

Verse of the Week -- Can I pray for you? -- James 5:16

God has prompted once again through this person, and that verse, through a circumstance and thought processes. Something a little new . . .

Do you know that I pray for you? I pray over these posts, I pray over the readers, I pray for those that stumble upon my site through various searches and links. I want to pray more efficiently, if you'll let me. So I'm going to add a little tag to the end of my verse of the week entries.

James 5:16 says, "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." I memorized this verse back in my Teen Missions days and it has often come to mind. Sometimes I feel I don't fall into the "righteous" category, but I remember it is His righteousness, not my own, His victory, not my feeble attempt.

The promise of this verse is endearing . . . we will find healing. As we come together with transparency and prayer, God hears us. Will you pray with me?

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.
~James 5:16~

If you would like me (and other readers) to pray for you, please leave a comment. Be as specific or vague as you would like in asking prayer for yourself or a loved one. I will come back to this post each day and pray over the requests left here and would encourage you to pray for each other as well. This is an incredible privilege we have to raise up the weary hands and challenged emotions of those around us, and have others lift us up as well.


Kris said...

What a great idea! I may totally borrow this one for my blog because I'd love the priviledge to pray for the needs of others, as well. May God bless you for being attentive to His guidance.

I'd love for you to pray for two things with me:

1) God's hedge of protection around my sister and my niece

2) My girls' relationship with each other -- it's been rocky lately.

Don't hesitate to email me if I can pray specifically for you this week.

5intow said...

Thanks, Kris, borrow away! I will definitely be praying for the needs you mentioned.

Thank you for the offer of prayer, I will definitely post specific needs as I have them as well.

This week I don't have much weighing on me, but this time of year we always can use prayer for continued diligence in school work and safety as we travel to all our activities.

Thank you again!

Anonymous said...

You may never know how timely this offer is in my life. As I type, as I had just been praying about a specific burden that has been weighing heavily on my heart. Often I do not know how to pray for it myself and at times the burden seems to suffocate me.

Our family lost or is in the process of losing our home in foreclosure. Most of the responsiblity falls onto my husband and I as we bought a house that was modest, but still more than we could afford. Part of the problem is due to job losses beyond our control. We have prayed dilegently and payed much more than we could afford trying to avoid such a situation, but it has become inevitable. We no longer live in the home, as we moved to live with family, but the home is still our responsiblity as the bank goes through their slow and deliberate process of taking ownership.
The entire situation is so embarrassing and humilating to me. I feel like a failure and bum for not being able to work out a different ending.
I know that God is faithful even in our failures and weaknesses. This process has been painful, but I have learned much about who God is and who I am in Him.
Thank you for your offer to pray. I covet that greatly.
I wish to remain anonymous as you and I know (or knew) each other.

5intow said...

Anonymous, thank you so much for sharing your heart. It is clear that you are a diligent student of what God has to teach even through this difficult lesson.

I'm sure others will be praying for you here as well, and know that you will be in my prayers often through this week. I pray that you would have a special glimpse into God's love and grace this week. He is so gracious to care for us through times of challenge, even when some of the responsibility falls on ourselves.


Kris said...

Thank you, Erin. That's definitely true about needing to pray for the remainder of our school year.

I'll be praying for your reader who wishes to remain anonymous, as well. Please don't feel humiliated. Many of us could be in your same situation with simply a shift in circumstances beyond our control. Like you, our house is modest, but was more than we could afford when we bought it. That has caused us to be in a game of catch-up most of the time we've been here. I'm praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I first saw this post a while back. I have since often thought of posting a request or two tugging on my heart. I'm not sure what's held me back, but nonetheless, I sense that you do pray for me and the needs you are aware of. For this, I am thankful. You are a blessing to me more than you know.

5intow said...


I am praying for you. God knows the needs, and even the best words better than I can ever attempt. Your words really touched me today. Thank you so much for commenting.

In His gentle hands,