Jam 5:13-20; Rom 12:9-13; Luk 10:33-34; Mar 6:12-13; Act 5:15-16; Luk 5:17-25; Mar 4:1-8; 1Jo 1:9; Gal 2:7-9.
PRCHR-100-170611 - length: 63:48 - taught on Jun, 11 2017
PRAYER is POWERFUL!
The two great themes of James in his final exhortation are patience, and prayer.
Prayer is mentioned in each verse from JAM 5:13-18.
Pray for your needs. Pray for others.
The first exhortation is for the suffering believer to pray for the patience to endure that suffering. (context is JAM 5:10)
1. It’s the PRAYER offered in FAITH that restores the one who is sick. (see also MAT 21:22)
Here FAITH means confidence that the Lord’s will is to heal the person.
2. In the first century, anointing with oil had a medicinal purpose.
James anticipated the return of Christ as Messiah.
3. The proclamation of the coming kingdom was accompanied by anointing the sick with oil and healing them.
4. James ministered in the period when miracles were common, especially healings.
5. During our Lord’s earthly ministry, healing and the forgiveness of sins went hand in hand.
We are to pray for one another to be healed of any sickness.
This is the only verse in the New Testament that explicitly commands believers to confess their sins to one another.
The Jewish remnant that returned with Nehemiah to Jerusalem confessed their sins as well as the iniquity of their fathers.
John the Baptist baptized the Jews in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
They did this once, as part of a ritual that prepared them for their coming Messiah.