The Prayer Factor–James 5 Final

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.

Prayer is Powerful and Effective–James 5 Final

When is it a good time to pray.  According to James, all the time. God loves to talk to us.  He uses his word, he uses others in our life ad even nature to reveal his truth to us.  But, prayer is our way to communicate back.  According to James, we should pray when we are happy, when we are sad.  We pray when we are sick and pray when we have needs–our father simply wants to hear from us.

God wants an open and honest relationship.  Meet him where you are.  Even when we are rebellious, God would simply have us confess that and make things right.  He never turns a deaf ear–but, like any father, he will not reward rebellion.  But as we follow his plan, he like any dad wants to laugh with us, cry with us, walk with us and meet our needs.  When we pray, we should be patient and believe.  Often our timing is different than God’s. It is as simple as this–The prayer of the righteous avails much.

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.

Prayer Is the Greater Work–I Timothy 2

Prayer is an amazing thing.  It allows us to talk to the creator of this amazing universe.  It is an opportunity to recognize our relationship with him, thank him for his provision, make right the sin in our lives and ask whatever we will and have him listen intently.  Not only does God open up the channel of communication, he urges us to use it.  In this passage God calls us to pray for everyone.  We are to pray for our leaders as well as the quiet fellow down the street.

As we pray, if we are honest, we begin to see God doing great things in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  We do not always see the answers we expect, but, we do see the answers in ways we would never have imagined.  What we do notice is that God’s plan unfolds before our very eyes, and, in the end, it has a greater impact than we could ever have imagined.  When we trust him, he cares for us.  He simply asks that we pray without giving up.

Remember, prayer is not the preparation for the greater work, prayer is the greater work

God Bless You

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.