“pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
As I reflected on this recent article by Brush Ashford, and the encouraging exhortation he shared in regards of us praying for the authorities, the Lord reminded of this simple truth, “In my heart and mind, there’s no room for bitterness against anyone that I’m praying for.”
Take this truth and bring it home. As you hope and pray for your spouse and children, your relatives and friends, your enemies, bitterness will flee and make space for mercy and understanding.
Jesus said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)
Bitterness in itself is a disease of the heart that can cloud the mind and make it dismissive of anything of importance.
We can easily be healed of bitterness by simply praying for each other.
It is the prayer of a lover that believes all and forgives all. It is the prayer of a lover that bears of all things, hopes all things, endures all things. The prayer that never fails is the prayer of a lover.
Such a simple healing mechanism is at the disposal of all of us: prayer.
And Christ prayed for us and died for us. Isn’t that a wonderful reminder that He loves us?
Pray for each other so that you may be healed, healed of all evil thoughts and dispositions. Wow.
Prayer truly heals us of bitterness and draws path for mercy and understanding.