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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
People in the church are not alone. Members of Christ’s body should be able to count on others for support and prayer, especially when they are sick or suffering. The elders should be on call to respond to the illness of any member, and the church should be sensitive to the needs of all its members.
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 encourges us to do so. (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.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. –James 5:16 (NIV)
Stanley L. Hayes (Michigan) titled his story “THE PRAYERS OF MANY PEOPLE;” here is a portion of Stanley’s story:
“Recently my wife, Joyce, went through a difficult time with serious health issues. We made a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to deal with one specific health concern. However, while the medical staff was preparing to respond, they discovered other serious medical problems. The result was that our stay in Rochester lasted for 25 days, and the real purpose for our going in the first place could not be addressed at that time.
“Generally, I do not like waiting for issues to be addressed. However, during our stay in Rochester, I felt a peace that all things were working for our good. . . .
“. . . But I know that my peace came from knowing of the large number of people who were holding us up to God through their prayers.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will add my prayers to those of others.
Prayer: All-knowing God, we thank you for hearing the prayers of your people. Help us to realize that there is much power in prayer. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE EXPERIENCING SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES
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