“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” James 5:16 KJV
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16 NLT
I’ve heard this scripture quoted many times, and I know many other people have too. What does it mean? Well, I’ve come to know that when I pray God hears and has prepared the answer and delivers it right when I need it. I hardly hear people talk about praying about losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. I mostly hear people pray, me included, for financial break through, healing in the body, restored relationships, prosperity in the home and job, etc… mostly the “big stuff”. I can remember being 15 years old on the eve of my 16th birthday kneeling down to pray. The one thing I remember asking God was to change me over night, get rid of all my weight without me having to lift a finger. *I laugh at just typing this.* Well of course I went to bed all excited and happy knowing that God was going to answer since my birthday was the next day and nothing is impossible for Him (Luke 1:37). But as we all know I was very disappointed the next morning. I woke up excited, on a school day, and ran to the bathroom mirror. I looked…and I was still the same. I was disappointed but that didn’t stop me from praying and calling out to God even more.
I think back to that time in life and it’s not that God didn’t hear my prayer or that He wasn’t planning on answering. I can’t explain why I didn’t lose weight sooner, I have been over weight since I was a child in elementary school and I’ve wanted to lose weight for the longest time. The journey didn’t actually manifest fully until my sophomore year in college, the spring semester at that. What I’m trying to say is that without God none of this would have happened, without prayer the door and opportunity would have never came about. Prayer is not a tool to make us right before God. Prayer is opening the door for God to work; it’s a key to unlock the door, it gives God access or approval to work on our behalf. Me praying all those years ago gave God access and approval to work on my behalf. It did manifest later in life but I could not have imagined doing all the things I will share with you at a young age. Things like going to the gym by myself, eating healthy, fasting, running on a tread mill and actually enjoying it, and so much more. God answered my prayers the first time I prayed, it just took some time (His time of course) for the answer to come to me.
- Prayer strengthens you in those tough moments when you can no longer push yourself, God will do the pushing and the helping!
- He shows what will help you lose weight, He’s the extra Friend you need when you’re by yourself and you are about to cheat on your diet/nutritious lifestyle meaning He’ll tell you “nope not this time”
- Prayer changes things, gets things moving, causes yoke to be destroyed, faith to be increased and new found strength that you never thought you had. Even when it looks like your prayer hasn’t been heard, believe it’s already done
All three “P’s” are important but this is the “P” to get you started
Remember this nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37) and He is always ready to help you in your time of need (Psalms 46:1), just ask Him
He loves you so much!
I also want to mention that the only way you have access to God is through His Son Jesus Christ (John 14: 6) 🙂
He loves you and me very much and desires that you live life being confident, without low self-esteem, and love yourself – in the healthiest of way of course
God Bless you!