“Are you saved?” I used to hear that question a lot growing up in the deep South. We were a family of church-goers. But the message of the Gospel never really made its way into my heart. Saved from what? I’d wonder. Life was good. I didn’t need to get saved—or so I thought. Maybe you can relate.
Welcome to the 21 Day Experiment in Prayer. In our reading of John 3, we meet a religious leader named Nicodemus who came to visit Jesus. Jesus rocked the boat of this respectable Pharisee when He told him he needed to be saved. Jesus said no one could even see the kingdom of God unless he was “born again” (John 3:4). Continue reading
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Confess your sins to each other and prayer for each other so that you may be healed (James 5:16)
Confession! It’s good for the soul. And according to James, it’s good for the body, too. He shows a link between the confessing of our sins and the healing of our sickness. A form of prayer, confession is the disclosure of our sins both to God and to our fellow believers.
I’ve heard it said that our secrets make us sick. James uses an interesting word for sickness. In addition to illness, this particular word can mean “weary, fatigued, mentally drained, exhausted.” We see that sin not only separates us from God, it’s also exhausting. Confession of our sins is a first step toward healing. Continue reading
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