The Power of Prayer!
James 5:13-18
Instead of trying to force God's hand through swearing, we are to turn to Him in trusting faith.
Published December 14th, 2016
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Main point summary
Main point summary
The Power of Prayer cannot be ignored. We are to see each other out to know how to pray for each other. We are to turn to God in every circumstance in communion with Him. May our knees become like a Camel's knees as we seek the Lord's face.
James 5:13-18
Is anyone among you suffering?
If you are suffering
Κακοπαθεῖ τις ἐν ὑμῖν,
Let him pray.
Then you should pray
Is anyone cheerful?
If you are cheerful,
εὐθυμεῖ τις,
Let him v sing praise.
Then you should sing.
Is anyone among you sick?
If you are sick,
ἀσθενεῖ τις ἐν ὑμῖν,
Let him call for the elders of the church,
Then you should call for the shepherds of the local body
προσκαλεσάσθω τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους τῆς ἐκκλησίας
and let them pray over him,
So that these shepherds can pray over them
καὶ προσευξάσθωσαν ἐπʼ αὐτὸν
w anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
While they are anointing the sick one in the name of the Lord.
ἀλείψαντες [αὐτὸν] ἐλαίῳ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ κυρίου.
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick,
And the prayer of faith will save the sick one
καὶ ἡ εὐχὴ τῆς πίστεως σώσει τὸν κάμνοντα
and the Lord will raise him up.
with the result that God will raise him up.
καὶ ἐγερεῖ αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος•
And x if he has committed sins,
If he has committed sins,
κἂν ἁμαρτίας ᾖ πεποιηκώς,
he will be forgiven.
Then he will be forgiven.
ἀφεθήσεται αὐτῷ.
Therefore, y confess your sins to one another
Because of this power of prayer as it is concerned with sin, you should be confessing your sins to each other
ἐξομολογεῖσθε οὖν ἀλλήλοις τὰς ἁμαρτίας
and pray for one another,
So that you can pray for each other.
καὶ εὔχεσθε ὑπὲρ ἀλλήλων
z that you may be healed.
So that you may be healed with whatever is plaguing you due to your sin.
ὅπως ἰαθῆτε.
a The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 1
Because God has made it that there is great power in the prayer of his children.
Πολὺ ἰσχύει δέησις δικαίου ἐνεργουμένη.
Elijah was a man b with a nature like ours,
Ἠλίας ἄνθρωπος ἦν ὁμοιοπαθὴς ἡμῖν,
and c he prayed fervently that it might not rain,
καὶ προσευχῇ προσηύξατο τοῦ μὴ βρέξαι,
and for d three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
καὶ οὐκ ἔβρεξεν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐνιαυτοὺς τρεῖς καὶ μῆνας ἕξ•
e Then he prayed again,
καὶ πάλιν προσηύξατο,
and heaven gave rain,
καὶ ὁ οὐρανὸς ὑετὸν ἔδωκεν
and the earth bore its fruit.
καὶ ἡ γῆ ἐβλάστησεν τὸν καρπὸν αὐτῆς.
The idea here is that the elders should pray over the sick person with the explanation being because the prayer being the tool that God uses to heal the person.
The purpose behind confessing our sins to one another in this text is so we know how to pray for each other.
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