Scripture: James 5.
(What is God saying here?)
James 5:13-18 (NLT)
13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.
14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!
18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Imagine a firefighter being called to a fire, but leaving the fire truck at the station. Using a ¾ inch garden hose at the fire will not save the house from total destruction like the force and power of the water system on the fire truck. But of course, the firefighter is planning to run back and get the fire truck if he fails in his attempt with the garden hose, right? This almost sounds ludicrous for us to think about such a dumb thing taking place, but is that any different to the way that we act as Christians? Think about the times that we will try everything under the sun to correct our problems, or satisfy our urgency, before we finally get on our knees and ask God to intervene. I have a friend who prays about even the smallest, insignificant things. When I questioned him about this, he shared that when he sees God at work in the small things, it helps to build his confidence in knowing that God can also answer those prayers when he is totally overwhelmed about something. Too often we try to handle the small problems ourselves. In fact, too often we will try to deal with all of our problems until we ‘hit a brick wall’ and realize that the issue is way over our heads. Friends, let’s think about the peace of mind a firefighter has by taking the fire tuck with him. Let’s think about the peace of mind in knowing that when we have needs, we have the power of the Almighty God, the Creator of this universe, the Savior of the world, the Alpha and the Omega available and waiting for us to reach out to Him and ask Him to partner with us and help us through our problems. Now that is real peace of mind, Brother! Oh, what a Savior, Sister! Do you know Him, friend? Please contact me at the email below so that I can properly introduce you to my Lord.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, thank You for being my Master, yet my Friend, that I can come to when troubles seem to overwhelm me. Thank You for the power of prayer, the vehicle we can use to communicate with You. Please prompt us to pray in thanksgiving when things are going well for us. Please prompt us to pray for our needs, so that You can help us even with the little things. Especially give us peace when we pray to You for those things that seem extremely large to us. Help us to know that You, the God who put this whole earth together, the God who formed us, the God who brought the dead back to life, that You are the One who can easily resolve our biggest problems and give us peace about our biggest worry. Thank You Lord for being such an awesome God, and for loving me and accepting me as Your son. I can face this day knowing that I am the King’s son – royalty! Most of all though, I can face this day knowing that I can turn to You at any moment and You are there. Praise be to God!
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