Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
James 5:13, 16 ESV
During September I erratically participated in praying for Burma with the Partners folks. I was very impressed by their emails encouraging us to pray and the first one was so good I am going to steal the idea for preparing myself to pray for the Shan people of Burma in October.
The world is full of suffering people. The world is also full of righteous people whose responsibility it is to lift up hands in prayer to God for the sake of those who are lost, alone, hurting, vulnerable and needy.
As we embark on a journey of prayer over the next 30 days, meditate today on what this passage in James means by a “righteous” person. Get your heart right with God so you will be effective and powerful in your prayers.
So, for today my prayer is for God to deal with me so that I can be a useful servant for His glory, particularly in serving the Shan people. When I look into my own heart I do not see righteousness, I need to be clothed in Christ to obtain such a garment. I do have a responsibility to pray for those in need and God has placed within me a conviction to serve the Shan people in this way, something I have neglected over recent months.
Therefore, join with me in confessing your own unrighteousness to God and asking Jesus to purify us from all sin as we seek to serve His people.