April 28, 2021
James 5:13-15 (KJV)
13 "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
In our Bible study Tuesday morning this potion of scripture came up for discussion on prayer. I, for one, personally enjoy the Book of James. I have first-hand experience with the power of this book coming alive in the lives of my wife and children. While studying Kenneth Hagen’s book on prayer, he pointed out the obvious content on this portion of scripture:
1. Those who were afflicted
2. Those who were merry
3. Those who were sick
This is what he said about if any be afflicted: “it is not the same as one being sick. The one being afflicted is suffering trouble. He is talking about one that is in a test or trial.”
In the beginning of the Book of James, we are encouraged to count it all joy when we are under trials and tribulations for the testing of our faith. For we have need of patience, but we are told to allow patience to have its full work so that we will be lacking in nothing.
When you, as a Christian, are under attack, or what he referred to as "storms of life," then YOU PRAY. We can pray for one another, that’s okay too, but here we are instructed to pray for ourselves.
Father, I am so thankful that You have delivered me from the trials that test my faith. Thank You for bringing me through this test victoriously, In Jesus's name, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that best is yet to come.