“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs
of praise. Is anyone among you sick?
Let them call the elders
of the church to pray over them
and anoint them with oil
in the name of the Lord.”
James 5: 13, 14
I love how the Book of James is so practical, and really meets us right where we are.
Here are wonderful instructions on what to do in the different circumstances we face each day!
If we are happy we can praise God. If we are in trouble we should pray for help! He hears our prayers.
And notice too we can seek the help of others, when we are sick. There seems to be something special about leaders praying for us.
Some churches save this type of prayer for people on death’s doorstep. But perhaps the intention here is to keep us from getting to that point!
And the oil? I’m told this is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful and encouraging illustration of God’s care for us.
Lord God thank You for these beautiful verses, instructing us about the different forms of prayer and when to use them.
We praise You, our God and thank You for working in our lives! Lead us and guide us each day. Amen!! And amen!!
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quote from the NIV Bible