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James 5:14-20 Prayer Unleashes God’s Power

on October 5, 2013

Prayer unleashes God’s power to heal, restore, forgive sins, experience the impossible and to help us rescue others.

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. And the PRAYER of faith will RESTORE the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be FORGIVEN.  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and PRAYER FOR ONE ANOTHER, that you may be HEALED.  The PRAYER of a righteous person has GREAT POWER as it is working.  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he PRAYED FERVENTLY that it might not rain, and for three ears and six months it did not rain on the earth.  Then he PRAYED again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.  My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 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.

The sicknesses mentioned in these verses are specifically linked to sin.  NOT ALL SICKNESS IS A RESULT OF SIN!  Sometimes physical ailments and weakness are a result of sin in our lives.  Some common sins that lead to physical sickness are: addiction, anxiety, anger, fear, bitterness, unforgiving/unmerciful, disobedience, jealousy, critical spirit, sexual immorality, etc…  THERE IS HOPE!  Prayer unlocks the power of God to forgive our sins and heal our hearts and then to restore our bodies from the physical consequences.

You may think, “There’s no hope for me, I’ve tried.”  But through humble confession, help from others, and fervent, energized prayer God can and will do the impossible in our lives.  Can you imagine praying for no rain for 3.5 years, and it not raining? And then praying for rain, and the dark clouds begin to roll in and release great rain.  God has the power and ability to change and heal people!

Or you may think, “There’s no hope for so-and-so.”  But through prayer, God’s power is loosed in us to grant us the ability to restore others.  God can do anything He wants, but how awesome that He has given to us the privilege of prayer to be part of His processes and plans in the rescuing and restoration of others!

If you do nothing else today, pray!

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