Do I pray in faith?
We finished up James Chapter 5:7-12, that unveiled how we are to ‘wait patiently’ in the midst of trials.
We will unfold James Chapter 5:13-18, another simple test to prove our faith.
Let’s zoom in on these verses, reading them with purpose, to see what God says.
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Why Did James Write This Letter?
As you work through your discovery this week, keep James’ purpose in the back of your mind.
Before We Begin, Let’s Pray
Oh Lord, we come with humility and meekness to receive Your Holy Word. We know You are a good God and desire our best, our good. These are hard Words for us – help us to trust You knowing You know what we need. Allow Your Spirit help us to know You better, allow us to submit to You today – ready to learn and live.
Open the Deeper Discovery
Scroll to the #18 LEARN Question
#18. Prayer is critical for endurance.
What groups does James address to pray?
What will be the outcome?
What do you learn from the example of Elijah? (v13-18)
Now, what will you want to concentrate on to help you stay focused?
Let’s LOOK at What God Says
Let GODcha guide us.
Where will you begin?
Begin LOOKING by READING
Let’s read James 5:13-18, asking the 5W’s and H questions.
Try it on your own, then we’ll do together.
How’d you do?
Let’s check these verses out together!
13 Is WHO?
Then he (the one suffering)
He (the cheerful one)
is to sing praises.
14 Is WHO?
Then he (the sick one)
must call for
the elders of the church
they (the elders)
are to pray
over him (the sick one),
him (the sick one)
in the name of the Lord;
WHAT will such a prayer do?
the one who is sick,
him (the sick one) up,
if he (the sick one)
has committed sins,
they (his sins)
will be forgiven him.
16 Therefore, (What’s the therefore there for?)
to one another,
for one another
may be healed.
WHY is this important?
The effective prayer
of a righteous man
can accomplish much.
was a man
with a nature like ours,
(Did you catch the comparison?)
WHAT did he pray?
that it would not rain,
WHAT was the result of his prayer?
it did not rain
on the earth
for three years and six months.
WHAT was the result of his prayer?
the sky poured rain
WHAT was the result of the rain?
the earth produced its fruit.
We slowed down, which helped us see clearly ‘WHAT GOD IS SAYING‘?
Take a Breath!
We’ll dig in tomorrow!
Reflect and meditate on what you read!
Think about what God is saying, (Psa 119:15).
Why don’t you practice reading and re-reading these 6 verses with the questioning mindset?
Watch how God buries these verses deep down in your heart.
You’ll have them memorized without even trying.
Journal Your Discovery
I am sure you have questions as I did.
Record them in your Notes.
Ask God to answer them.
As we continue digging,
He will answer every single one of them!
You will be amazed!
Turn What We LEARNED into a Prayer
OH FATHER GOD, thank you for the richness of Your Word. Thank you that it is a sure Word. Thank you for opening Your Word up to us and helping us to slow down and read with a purpose to truly see what You are saying to us. Oh Father, as we come to a deeper understanding, would You cement these truths down deep into our hearts. Father, please continue to give us understanding to grasp hold of what we need to do as we search and dig out these precious gems from James. We ask this in Your blessed Name, Christ Jesus, our Lord! Amen!
Next: We will LOOK at ‘Is any among you suffering?’
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