James 5:13-16

Tuesday, January 14

James 5:13-16

13Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14Is 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. 15And 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. 16Therefore 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.

 

This is a wonderful passage about the power of prayer within a body of believers. Each Sunday in worship we lift up those who are in special need of prayer, as well as list on the screen the names of those on our prayer list. We believe God welcomes our prayers, wants to know our concerns, and is ready to pour his blessings upon those whom we pray for.

It is a humbling feeling, to know one is being prayed for. All through my years at school, my grandmother kept me on the prayer list at her church. When I got the monthly newsletter from her church, I saw my name. A few people may have known me, but most probably didn’t, since I lived out of state. But whether they knew me or not, knew the concerns of anyone on that list or not, still they prayed for us. Knowing I was being held in prayer sustained me and kept me going.

We can never discount the power of prayer. Prayer is how we connect with God as God’s spirit reaches out to the piece of God within us in the Holy Spirit. Prayer strengthens us in faith, moves us to make a difference, and opens humanity to God’s power to effect change. Sometimes the change is in us, as it brings change to the person being prayed for. Healing, forgiveness, wholeness and peace are some of the gifts prayer brings.

What a privilege it is to carry everything to God in prayer!

 

Prayer

This morning, Lord, I lift up someone who is dear to me or someone who I only know by name, but who is in need of prayer. I pray because I believe you hold the key to our wholeness, given us in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your love and care. Amen.