In the conversation for Sunday, February 4, 2018, Pastor Stuart Nice begins a series titled, Keys to Growing Relationships, focusing this week on confession. In this talk, he addresses the practices of self-examination, self-revelation, and humbled prayer.
Sacred Reading 00:00-20:00, Conversation 20:00-53:25
You should get into the habit of admitting your sins to each other, and praying for each other, so that you may be healed. Tremxendous power is made available through a good man’s earnest prayer.
James 5:16 (PHILLIPS)
A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading:
The reader will pause between each of the four readings. The pauses have been left in the recording so that the listener can experience the rhythm of the gathering and even participate in the reading. Below are the guidelines for each of the four readings of the practice.
- Read: Read the passage and receive it as God’s message to you.
- Reflect: Read the passage again and look for the word or phrase that the Holy Spirit highlights to your heart.
- Respond: Take the highlighted words and make them a prayer.
- Rest: Rest your heart on God’s promises.
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.
James 5:16-18 (MSG)