Tuesday September 4, 2018
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.
Today has been a busy one! I drove from Chicago to Louisville and did some chores around the house. This weekend I was at my uncles lake house taking a vacation before I start my new job. I am so excited for what God has in store.
We are reading through James and hitting the home stretch here with this last chapter. The title of this section is “The Power of Prayer.” Power and prayer didn’t usually come to mind when I thought of them individually. I didn’t really know there was power in prayer or that prayers could be powerful. Sometimes we don’t believe it until we see it.
I have a little buddy named Jameson who I met during college. He is the definition of a warrior. This little dude had brain cancer and it was spreading. His spirit was unbreakable. I know myself along with many others prayed over this lil’ guy for a while. He fought intensely and beat cancer. I truly do not know if he would have made it without the prayers. The odds were not in his favor. Those people believed when they prayed. They believed he could be healed. Prayer without hope is hopeless. Prayer with hope is powerful.
Stressed? Pray. Lonely? Pray. Sick? Pray. Happy? Pray. We should be in constant communication with Jesus through prayer. There is no perfect place or time. Jesus wants to hear from you. Give him a call.
Do I need to pray more?
Who/What should I pray for?
Dear Lord, thank you for the power of prayer. Remind us it is in believing we will see your power. We love you and thank you. Amen.
Have a great day!