The word “accountability” usually makes people uncomfortable. The mere thought of being open, honest, and vulnerable with another person does not sound appealing. We are, generally, creatures of comfort. We like to stay at a safe distance. It is extremely easy for people to stay in their zone of comfort and avoid confronting difficult issues, even if it means becoming a better person.
Many Christians are no different.
Brothers and sisters in the faith miss out on the significant spiritual growth and development that can result from accountability. God wants to bring to light the things that we keep in the dark and He wants to free us from the shackles of the spiritual obstacles that keep us from growing.
James says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).
When we confess our sins to one another, we share in each other’s burdens. We get to experience the testimony of God’s work. We get to commune through prayer with one another.
Our church leaders and pastors play a significant part in fostering accountability within their congregation. The temptation, however, is to keep church life simple and free from drama. Accountability, though, has the power to release us into the wonderful arms of our Savior.
Let us intercede for our ministers, leaders, and pastors this week to stand firm on the foundation of accountability. Let us join together in praying for boldness to stand tall and strong.
“Lord, we speak boldness over our leaders. We ask that You give them the desire for deep accountability that will result in freedom.”