"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
James 5:13-20 "The Power of Prayer"
Suggested Bible Memorization Verse: James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective [e]prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
As I read the Scriptures two of God's imperatives that I notice most often are: love one another and pray for one another. They seem to go together. Prayer so often leads to grace, mercy, and healing, yet often we go there last. Why? We put off going there and instead look to others to pray. The Bible mentions implicates that a Elijah was a great man of prayer, but it also tells us he was man just like us. That means you too can pray often and in a very real sense pray without ceasing. Carrying on a conversation with God means we talk to Him everyday, we invite Him into our living everyday, and yes God will talk back to you. Jesus said "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." That is a result of prayer and joy generally follows. Sandy Swartzberg will be leading us as we glean the truths and applications of Gods Word in this seciotn of Scripture.
1. Talk about a time(s) when it seems prayer failed you. Do you think prayer failed you or you failed prayer?
2. Why do you think it is so important to pray for one another’s healing, (be it mental, physical, or spiritual}?
3. James seems to connect confession and forgiveness with healing (v. 15-16). In your view do they contribute to physical as well as spiritual healing? Why or why not?