Sorry for the late post. I have had some technical difficulties. Hard to believe only two more days and we will have wrapped up our spiritual boot camp through the book of James. Hang in there – you can do it!
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Regardless of what we are facing in our lives, times of sorrorw or times of joy, the Lord wants us to share it with Him. He wants us to actively engage Him in every part of our life. When we are in need we can call out to Him in prayer and when we are happy, we can share our joy with Him. In doing so we will be acknowledging our dependence upon Him and giving Him glory through our praises.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James is encouraging the people to reach out and pray for one another’s needs. Whether it is praying for someone who is ill or praying for someone who is struggling with sin in their life, there is power in prayer. It is humbling to ask someone to pray for you because it means you know you can’t do it on your own and are enlisting the help of other believers and the Lord. When prayers are answered it is uplifting for the one who sought prayer and the one who interceded in prayer.
When was the last time you sought the Lord’s help in times of trouble? Can you think of the last time you were really happy? Did you give the Lord praise for your happiness and glory for His invovlement in your life? What challenges are you facing right now? Are you willing to humble yourself and seek others to intercede to the Lord on your behalf? Who do you need to be interceding for in prayer?
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