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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 8, 2015
James is referring to someone who is physically ill. In Scripture, oil was both a medicine and a symbol of the Spirit of God. Thus, oil can represent both the medical and the spiritual spheres of life. Christians should not separate the physical and the spiritual. Jesus Christ is Lord over both the body and the spirit.
The “prayer offered in faith” does not refer to the faith of the sick person but to the faith of the people praying. God heals, faith doesn’t, and all prayers are subject to God’s will. But prayer is part of God’s healing process.
The Christian’s most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought were possible. Some people see prayer as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. This approach is backward. Prayer should come first. Because God’s power is infinitely greater than ours, it only makes sense to rely on it—especially because God encourage us to do so. (NLT)
James 5:13-18 – Are any among you suffering? They should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord.
Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was a human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16 (NIV)
Janet Seever (Alberta, Canada) titled her story “A STARTING POINT;” here is a portion of Janet’s story:
“Prayer isn’t a last resort; it’s a starting point.”
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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