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The Prayer Of Faith
James 5:13-18
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Dealing With Temptations. 1:2-4Fulfilling The Royal Law. 2:1-13Faith And Works. 2:14-26Taming The Tongue. 3:1-12Draw Near To God. 4:1-10
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Review Of James
God Gives Grace To The Humble. 4:6, 10;-- 5:12Humility is manifested.“Speak not one against another…”Jms. 4:11-12Avoid arrogance & self-sufficiency.Jms. 4:13-17Right attitude toward riches.Jms. 5:1-6Patience.Jms. 5:7-11Their word is binding.Jms. 5:12
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Review Of James
Prayer and Praise – natural responses of the child of God…Ps 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”The faithful are assured…1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication: But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil.”Ps 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, ye people; pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.
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The Prayer Of FaithJames 5:13-18
Prayer and Praise.Man is to pray for all his needs. Mt. 6:5-11Matt 7:9-11 “Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone; or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
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The Prayer Of FaithJames 5:13-18
James has already addressed the subject of prayer.Rejoice in Trials.Jms. 1:2-6Wisdom to deal with trials is to be sought in prayer.“nothing doubting” (vs. 6)Pray in every circumstance of life.Jms. 5:13-16Prayer changes things.Jms. 5:16-17
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When Should One Pray?
When we are suffering.Jms. 5:13Kapopatheo:“Suffer hardship”(W.E. Vine);Suffer misfortune; bear hardship patiently”(Ardnt& Gingrich)Same word describing the prophets.Jms. 5:10Times of trouble and hardship.
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When Should One Pray?
“Suffering”Kapopatheo:Used in:2 Tim. 2:3, Paul:“Suffer hardships...”2 Tim. 2:9, Paul:“Suffer hardships...”2 Tim. 4:5, Timothy:“Suffer hardship...”
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When Should One Pray?
In Contrast…We should“sing psalms”when we are cheerful.Jms. 5:13Euthumeo: “Good cheer”(W.E. Vine);“…Keep up one’s courage”(Arndt and Gingrich)Word used in the context of Paul’s shipwreck.Acts 27:22 & 25We can sing in adversity. Cf. Acts16:25; 5:41;Jms. 1:2.Consider the attitude of David, the sweet singer of Israel - Ps 96:1-2; 101:1; 111:1; 113:1-3; 146:1-2; 147:1; 149:1
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When Should One Pray?
When we are sick.Jms. 5:14-15Questions:Is the sickness physical or spiritual?Is the anointing with oil medicinal or symbolic?Is the healing through providential means or miraculous?Is the healing spiritual or physical?
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When Should One Pray?
When we are sick.Jms. 5:14-15Two different words for“sick”inverses 14-15Asthenei(vs. 14)literally means "to be weak."Used forphysical maladies. Mt. 10:8;Acts 9:37; Phil. 2:26-27Used to refer to aweak faithor a weak conscience (cf. Acts 20:35; Rom. 14:1; 15:1;1Cor. 8:9-12).
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When Should One Pray?
When we are sick.Jms. 5:14-15Kamnonta(vs. 15)literally means "to be weary.““literally ‘tobecome tired in spirit,’ to gradually lose one’s motivation to accomplish some goal – ‘to become discouraged, to become tired of.’”(Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. )Used in Heb. 12:3; cf. verses 12-13It “signifies to suffer hardship.”(W.E. Vine)“the prayer of faith shall save the EXHAUSTED one.”(Berry’s Greek Interlinear)
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When Should One Pray?
When we are sick.Jms. 5:14-15By definition and by context, … the healing in vs. 15 is not physical healing, but theforgiveness of sins.1 Pet 2:24 “whohis own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.”Isa 53:5 “Buthe was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
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When Should One Pray?
They were to pray over him.Jms. 5:14, 16Spiritual leaders in the church. Heb. 13:17;Cf. 1 Thess. 5:12-14
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Why Call For The Elders?
They were to anoint him with oil.Jms. 5:14Used in ritual appointments.Cf. 1 Sam. 16:13Used in physical healing.Jesus gave the disciples the power to heal the sick, and they anointed them with oil. Mk. 6:13The Good Samaritan. cf.Lk. 10:34; Isa. 1:6;“Is their no balm in Gilead?” Jer. 8:22; cf. Jer. 9:2; 46:11Used as a symbol of spiritual blessing.Ps. 23:5; Heb. 1:9
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Why Call For The Elders?
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Why Call For The Elders?
God Is The Ultimate Healer.“Theprayer of faithshall save him that issick…”Jms. 5:15“The supplication of a righteous manavailethmuch in its working.”Jms. 5:16Spiritual guidance is implied.NOTE: The relationship between the sickness and confession of sins.Strength for the weary is the objective. Vs. 19
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
“Theprayer of faithshall savehim that issick…”Jms. 5:15“The supplication of a righteous manavailethmuch in its working.”Jms. 5:16Natural healing may be facilitated by those who are physicians. Mt. 9:12The work of elders is in ruling the church & watching for souls (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:17); not in becoming guardians of men’s physical health.
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
“Theprayer of faithshall savehim that issick…”Jms. 5:15“The supplication of a righteous manavailethmuch in its working.”Jms. 5:16“Ask for wisdom…believing…it shall be given.”Jms. 1:5“Ask [keep on asking], and it shall be given to you… seek… knock…” cf.Lk. 11:5-13
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
“Theprayer of faithshall savehim that issick…”Jms. 5:15“The supplication of a righteous manavailethmuch in its working.”Jms. 5:16Illustration: Elijah’s prayer. 1Kgs. 17-18Not miraculous (where natural forces are suspended).Providential (God uses natural forces).
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
The Effectiveness Of Prayer
Does prayer demand a miraculous response?Paul leftTrophimusat Miletus sick.2 Tim. 4:20Timothy had a chronic stomach problem.1 Tim. 5:23Epaphroditusalmost died. Phil. 2:25-26
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
Is God no longer interested in His children?Cf.Jms. 1:17Not miraculous. Cf. Heb. 2:1-4Providentally.CfJoseph. Gen. 45Why do we not believe God acts on behalf of His people today?Is He indifferent to His people?NO! 1 Pet. 3:12Is He unable to act on our behalf?NO! Eph. 3:20Has He abandoned His children?NO! Heb. 13:5-6
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
Sometimes God Says “NO.”Paul prayed three times for his“thorn”to be removed.Instead, he received an abundance of grace and rejoiced. 2 Cor. 12:7-9Elijah, prayed that he would die. 1Kgs. 19:4.
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The Effectiveness Of Prayer
The Effectiveness Of Prayer…GODIS ABLE!
Yourjob…Cf. James 4:6-101Pet.5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your anxiety upon him, because hecarethfor you.”
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