James closes his letter with what is, in his thoughts a very important thing, prayer. God has spent this entire course reestablishing our ability to be in relationship with him. The days of needing an intermediary to be our liaison to God ended when Christ arose. Still, as in any relationship, the critical nature of communication remains paramount. In the wrap-up, James highlights the critical aspects of prayer.
God wants to hear from us when we are in trouble, when we are happy when we have needs or when we are deep in prayer for others. We need to be ready to pray as a community of believers–and as leadership, we need to go the extra mile of praying for the sick and anointing those who are ill. There is no prayer too small or unimportant to our Father. He loves to hear from us and honors our requests! That is why James says, “The prayers of the righteous accomplish much!”
Finally, we need to pray for revival. Revival in our hearts and in the hearts of those in our community. There is so much pain and chaos–the world is in shambles. If we could pray for and see revival–that would go miles toward restoring life and order to the world. Such change starts on our knees–no legislation or executive order will ever accomplish what a faithful prayer of God’s people can. James reminds us that we hold the key to making our lives and the lives of those we know and love exceptional–the key is faithful prayer!
God Bless You
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 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.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.