I thank God for granting me a relationship with my four sons that I will cherish all my life. One of my sons speaks repeatedly about “accountability,” saying that we are accountable to one another. I believe that one reason we have so many problems in the world today is because we are not accountable to one another. We need someone who will hold us to a higher standard of living, and who will reprimand us when we are wrong. We also need someone to whom we can confess our faults and who will not judge us. Confession is crucial to our walk with God. In James 5:16, we find these words:
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
James is not speaking of prayer in a magical way, because he is aware that we must always pray in the will of God. We must humbly approach God with honesty, transparency and vulnerability, all the while knowing that a prayer of faith can heal. We cannot be in denial about the sin that is in our lives. God forgives sin when we confess our faults to Him. God has extraordinary power and He can heal us from every sin we commit. “All have sinned and have come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 KJV). God holds us accountable. Prayerfully, we each have someone in our lives who will hold us accountable, as well as someone we can confess our sins to. Confession is good
for us, because God will forgive us.