Confess your 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.
Community requires confidence. Without trust, we can never really know anything about each other. We can’t celebrate success, mourn loss, or rethink failure. Powerful effectiveness will always be within sight, but just out of reach.
Having confidence in the trust of a friend gives you the security to crack the door to who you really are. And that door opens an opportunity for real, honest-to-goodness community to happen. In that moment, we’re able to take the first step toward the future we’ve dreamed of… The future we’ve been called to…
Growing up in the church, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard, “I have an unspoken prayer request.” I’ve heard it in small groups, I’ve read it on prayer cards and I’ve said it myself. And it’s always seemed like the natural, “churchy” thing to do. But get this… Unspoken prayer request is simply Christian code for “I-don’t-really-trust-you-with-my-junk-but-it-would-be-cool-if-you-could-pray-for-me.” Nothing kills community like a lack of trust in prayer. If I can’t trust you with the simple knowledge of my need, I can’t trust you with the critical task of going before God on my behalf. And our community suffers.
Throw the door open. Make yourself vulnerable. And join a community that’s changing the world through a powerful, effective, praying community.