Why is it important to confess our sins to others and pray for each other in the process of recovery?

James 5:16 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. 

The prayer of others living life in recovery can be a powerful source of helping us cope. 

When I finished the Bridge Program in 1989 I became a volunteer at the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Industries in South Australia. My first Manager was a man called Peter Miller.

The first person I ever heard declare in his testimony he was a recovered alcoholic through the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Pete had health issues. He has since gone to be with His Lord.

At times when Pete was obviously struggling I would ask him how he was doing. To which he would answer “I am coping. Sometimes I cope well, some times not so well but I always cope,”

A lesson I am so thankful I learned from knowing and watching Peter Miller live his life in personal relationship with Jesus Chris through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prior to commencing work each day Pete insisted the staff begin the day with 15 minutes together for daily devotions and prayer. A practice I continue in my life today because I believe the power of prayer, alone and together is a source of great spiritual power that helps us to COPE with whatever life brings our way.

Gods plan will always have a sense of mystery to us, but we can always be certain He will guide us along the way and give us what we need to cope with any and every situation.