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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
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. (NLT)
James 5:13-16 – 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.
Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. –James 5:16 (NRSV)
Terrye Blevins (Michigan) titled her story “HEALING PRAYER;” here is a portion of Terrye’s story:
“Three-and-a-half- hours had elapsed as my sister’s friends and family waited in the crowded hospital lounge. We were relieved when the physician made her way toward us. With concern in her eyes, she explained to us that the operation had gone well, but she also had bad news. As she was sewing up the incision, the needle had broken off and disappeared into my sister’s stomach. Our hearts plummeted. . . . After the doctor left, my cousin suggested that we pray. We started praying quietly and reading scripture. Soon, others in the waiting area started talking and praying for one another. This moment drew us together as we realized that praying for one another can bring healing to our souls.
“About an hour-and-a-half later, the doctor returned. ‘I can’t explain it, but the needle rose to the surface, and we were able to pick it right up!” she said. . . . A woman sitting next to me said, ‘Our prayers were answered!’
“God answers prayers every day. God wants us to come together in love and concern for one another. When we reach out to one another in unity of spirit, we share the healing love of God and its power to bring us peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The prayers of others are gifts from God.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for being with us and answering our prayers. Help us to know that your love and grace are more than sufficient. Amen.
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