I’m quite sure I’m not qualified to determine THE most effective strategy the Enemy has ever employed against the Church since its inception. But the undermining of James 5:16 has to be near the top. James 5:16 gives us the promise and the pathway to healing. [Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.] The Church is facing an epidemic of pain and dysfunction like never before witnessed on this planet. So, with this incredible promise of healing why are our churches still so outnumbered by those who are hurting and defeated compared to those who are experiencing hope and some measure of health? Why do our people sit home week after week in a state of numbness and pain instead of pursuing the promise of James 5:16? Why have we the leaders of the Church not empowered the process of James 5:16 like there were no tomorrow? Why have we not provided safe communities in which our people could execute the process of James 5:16 in order to be healed?
Could it be that the Church has long been seduced by the Enemy to operate a Christian image management system that cost us our authenticity and capacity to be trusted? Could it be that we forfeited the right to be trusted because we have spent decades judging those who were seeking some kind of relief and got ensnared by what gave them a temporary reprieve from the emptiness and pain? Could it be that the Church has few “righteous men” who can effect a change through prayer? I believe the verdict is ‘Guilty’ on all three counts.
In spite of our condition I still believe the promise of James 5:16 is as real today as it ever has been. I keep asking myself the question, “What must I do in order to empower this incredible promise of healing?” One approach I take is to primarily recruit to positions of influence those who come from a broken past. If you don’t have a story to tell you’re probably not who I’m looking for. If you can’t share a story of the healing grace of God then you’ll probably serve the Kingdom wonderfully in some other manner!
So, what’s your “take” on where has all the healing gone in our churches today? What are some of the things you are doing to promote a journey of healing?