2 Samuel 12:13, James 5:16 NIV 2011
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Therefore confess you sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
After taking the wife of another man, David was confronted by Nathan, the prophet, for his sins. His words of confession were heard and he was forgiven but there were consequences. As a leader of the church in Jerusalem, James was tasked with constantly reminding the new believers to pray and remember God’s Truth. Psalm 32:1, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” Praying for one another after sins were confessed strengthened their faith walk. John 9:31b, “He listens to the godly person who does his will.” Sins confessed are forgiven focusing sinners on living faith-filled lives.
Sin separates us from God. Sometimes a barrier goes up making it difficult to see what is standing in the way of fellowship with the Father. I’ve learned over the years it’s easier to confess my sin, ask for His forgiveness and strive not to do it again. The Enemy loves it when we labor under the weight of sins we don’t confess daily. My key is asking others to pray with me. Confessing my sins forces me to focus on the forgiven, faith-filled life the Lord’s called me live.
What sins keep us from fellowship with the Father?