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.
To confess is to do two things with our sin:
1) to recognize sin for what it is in Gods eyes and
2) to get rid of our secrets and be honest with one another.
When we confess our sins to each other, it’s not an opportunity to judge the person, or to talk negatively about the person. James is very clear in this verse, that we are to confess our sins and pray for one another because prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. So pray for forgiveness and for victory over the sin and pray that the relationship is restored. God wants us to confess our sins, because confession doesn’t just bring forgiveness; it also brings healing.
Heavenly father, I know I have sinned and I ask for your forgiveness and for your spirit to strengthen me in overcoming temptation. I want to live for you and not let my sin draw me away from you. Amen.