Key verse: James 5:16
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.
Read: Matthew 5:21-26
In the story of the existence of man, there was a time when men built a tower with a mind to make the top reach into heaven. They were said to be in unity and even God said, unless they be scattered, there will be nothing they cannot achieve. The Bible also says one would chase a thousand and two will put ten thousand to flight. These suggest that there is great efficacy in numbers of the united. The devil also knows this. Like God caused the wicked to be scattered upon the face of the earth so that they may not achieve their enterprise which was eventually evil focused, the devil does not want the righteous to unite so that they will not catch in on the strength of their unity. But the Lord has an antidote for the wiles and devices of the devil.
To forestall the effect of the wiles of the enemy in trying to scatter the brethren by putting suspicion and strife among them, the Lord commands that we confess our faults one to another. Not only that, we are meant to pray for one another knowing very well that if offense is out of the way, we are able to stand in righteousness in the place of prayer. And if we, being greater than those whose hearts were considered wicked at babel, decide to come together in unity to pray, the effect will shake foundations. This the devil does not want.
Are you somewhere begrudging your brother or sister for a fault that has not been discussed? Please don’t allow the enterprise of the evil one to thrive in your situation. Christ even enjoins that if you come with an offering to the altar and find that someone has an ought against you, (not you having an ought against the person now), you are to set your offering aside and settle the ought first so that the offering may be accepted of God. Arise today and put the enemy to shame in that matter. Confess that fault to your brother. Your victory may depend on it.
Lord, please help me to forgo all my hurt and reconcile with my estranged brethren in Jesus name.