Thursday, July 24, 2008

Amateur night (well, morning)

We missed church on Sunday because we were in Columbus. Bummer! We were finishing the book of James, and I was looking forward to learning about this passage. I will probably listen to John's sermon, but I want to start with what God shows me. So this morning I woke up earlier than normal, and did just that.

James 5:13-20

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 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.

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

How fitting--it totally matches my "pray continually" verse! It totally fits for a 5W and an H...

Who should pray?
--the afflicted
--The happy
--the sick
--the elders
--for each other

What should we pray?
--Psalms/songs of praise
--in the name of the Lord
--for conversion

When should we pray?
--in troubles
--in good times
--in sickness
--in sin
--when someone wanders

Where should we pray?
--over the sick (in person)

How should we pray?
--over the person, with oil anointing for healing (14)
--with faith (15)
--fervently (16)

Why should we pray?
--To be healed
--To celebrate
--To be forgiven
--Because it’s effective (16)
--It’s fruitful
--It saves
--it hides a multitude of sins

Thanks for more details about the "pray continually." It's good to get specific instructions. Help me be a doer of the Word, and not just a hearer only.

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