May 202014

Read James 5:13-18

1 kings 17:1

1 Kings 18:41-46

Theme: Prayer

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James 5:13-18 (all 3 together)

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? 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 will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

1 kings 17:1

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

1 Kings 18:41-46

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” 45 And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Thoughts to consider

Three passages to read today although they are only short. It is always useful when reading the New Testament to have a look at the Old Testament passage when it is mentioned.

Do you ever read the bible and think that you can never attain to the level of faith that some of these characters display? Well James writes that actually Elijah was just like us, there was nothing different about him, we can attain the same level of faith that he did. Stop and think about that for a moment.

  • Prayer and praise should be bound up in everything that we do, you could be suffering or cheerful, but whatever is happening prayer and praise should always be mixed in. It keeps God central so that He can work in our lives.
  • It’s important to note (not least because of how busy elders often are) that they are not the only ones who can pray for your healing. It says later on to pray for each other. The important ingredient is faith. I would suggest praying for each other first and then if your faith isn’t quite strong enough, then call for the elders.
  • Confessing sins is very important, it is even implied that secret sins can hold you in bondage which can involve within that bondage a degree of sickness. When you confess your sins it brings them out into the light where they can be dealt with and forgiveness received. This can then lead to the healing of the emotions as well as the body.
  • Think about this fact today – If you are a Christian, you are Righteous. In fact you have received the righteousness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5 v 21) If you really get this you will be transformed! That means that your prayers are powerful and effective, wow!!

Father I thank you that I have received the righteousness of your precious son. Now as a righteous person my prayers are powerful and effective. Help that fact to sink in and help me to pray big prayers to you. Help me to pray to you and praise you in everything I do, I want you to be central in my life. I ask all these things in Jesus name, Amen

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