James 5:13-20

Today’s Reading: James 5:13-20 (English Standard Version)

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.

19  My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Takeaways:

  • Awesome passage to read on Thanksgiving…I have so much to be grateful for!
  • If you can’t find your situation in one of the categories that is listed above…you definitely have some issues.
  • This passage is full of hope.
  • What am I doing to share this hope with others?  Am I being faithful to praying, singing God’s praises, calling on the elders of the church, and forgiving others?
  • Am I praying prayers that only God can answer?
  • What am I doing to rescue those who have wandered from the truth?

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