Wednesday, May 20, 2009

James 5:13-18

This passage in the Bible, although short, is extremely insightful to me regarding the power of prayer. It helps me to reflect on this passage often as I sometimes forget how powerful and wonderful prayer is.

The passage begins by reminding us to pray in times of trouble and in times of happiness. All of us experience both of these times during our lives. When we are in trouble we sometimes might think God is uncaring or unable to help so we might pray less. This passage reminds us that God is just the opposite and we should pray for His help. When we are in a time of happiness we might get complacent and pray to God less often. Again the passage today reminds us that we should pray just as often to God and thank Him for the happiness we feel and the things that make us feel happy. I certainly have had these feelings in my life; this passage helps me to remember to pray as I hope it helps to remind you to pray too.

The passage continues by telling us that when we are sick we should ask the people of the church to pray for us. The verse reminds us that as members of a church we are not alone - we are all members of the body of Christ. As such we should be able to count on others to offer prayers for us, especially when we are sick or suffering. I know I can find it embarrassing to ask someone else to pray for me. I guess I am embarrassed to admit that I am suffering. If you have that feeling too, we need to get over it and ask fellow Christians to pray for us. The faith of the person praying for us is very powerful indeed.

One of a Christian's most powerful resources is communion with God through prayer. Thus please remember to pray often for your own needs and the needs of others.

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