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“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16).

We need community.  Isolate someone and they will not do well.  We have been created as social creatures.  The church is a living organism and not just a meeting place.  Be in community and share with one another.  Share your burdens and share your joys.  Pray for one another.  The healing is of the soul.  It will happen for those who are in faith which is why we live in Christ.

Lord, help me to separate how I feel from the promises You give.  The body I now occupy will fail, but Your promises are forever.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of life so that I may now and always be guided by You and the promise You give.  Help me to connect in the community where You have placed me.  Lead me according to Your goodness to see through this age’s nonsense.

Lord Jesus, You gathered together the twelve, the seventy, and all of those who are called through Your grace into salvation.  You are building a community.  Help me to live in the community in which You have placed me.  Guide me according to Your purpose to live the life of faith You have given me.  Grow me  in the ways of caring, communicating, and praying for others.  Amen.