A Powerful Privilege

 

August 27

 

Read James 5:13-16

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. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

Reflect

According to this verse, when should we pray? Have you ever been disappointed that a prayer wasn’t answered the way that you hoped? Have you ever been thankful that God didn’t answer a prayer the way you initially thought He should?

 

I believe that as Christians, our most underutilized tool is prayer. I will be the first to admit that I often use prayer as my last resort instead of my first resource. But friends, this should not be. We have been given an incredible gift! A direct line to the Father.

 

James makes it clear that prayer should be our first response in a variety of circumstances. In times of trouble? Pray. In times of joy and happiness? Raise your voice in a prayer of praise. Whenever someone is sick? Pray. When we have sinned? Pray.

 

We are reminded by James, the brother of Jesus, that prayer is powerful and effective. We should be quick to tap into the power of prayer! Nothing is more effective.

 

Now, we know that God does not always answer all of our prayers exactly as we ask. I have prayed earnestly that God would heal someone who was sick and yet, I have watched them die. If that has happened to you, I understand how disheartening it can be. But I want to encourage you to not give up on prayer.

 

In numerous places in Scripture, we are told that God listens to His people. He hears and He answers us. But He always answers us according to His will and not ours. We may not always understand His will. Remember that He sees everything clearly and completely while we only see our circumstances through our limited human view. God’s answers to our prayers are best because He knows the future. Just as I’ve been disappointed by the answer to a prayer, I have also been so thankful that God did not give me what I was asking for. He ended up giving me something better.

 

So friends, in all circumstances we should utilize the powerful privilege we have been given. Pray in faith and watch God work.

 

Pray

Father, thank You for the privilege of prayer. Thank You for allowing me to partner with You in Your work and commune with You. May I always ask in faith and trust You with the outcome. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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Jesus said that if we ask anything in His name He will do it (Jn 14:14) and it should be that way. The secret is to pray and do as you see and hear the Holy Spirit, to be motivated by His love, His compassion. It`s very easy to format a prayer or have our own agenda`s. Be led by the Spirit and the signs will follow
Thank You dear Lord Jesus for teaching me to pray and for showing me the benefits of sincere prayer.
Father God, I thank you for answering our pray according to your will, Father your time is the best amen
I love it! This is some thing that I need to be reminded of is prayer. Thank you.
Thank you very much BTTB, this passage of Scripture is profound. I gather that there are no gaps in a person's life where prayer is not needed.
James 5:13-16 Is anyone among you suffer? Let him or her pray. Is anyone be more joyful? Let them sing praises. Is there anyone who is sick? Let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise them up. And if they had committed sins, they will be forgiven. As Christ followers should confess our sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of righteous person has great power as iris working.
So there it is the passage about confess your sins to one another!!?? Not to be pleading & begging God to forgive your sin ..why ? Jesus Christ took our sins away !! Even when believers are sick we pray for them not to have the believer who is sick to pray to God ! We are heaven ready and thus pray for those who are sick andAand confess sin one to another , a great turning point in the New Covn't way !! Yet thousands of people are praying to be forgiven and confess to God about it , this ought not to be...think about it , not much is said to confess your sin to God after being saved !! Amen
Amen Father God Thank You for your mercy.
Praying with you for your sister and your entire family today!
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR BLESSING US WITH THE GIFT OF COMING TO YOU IN PRAYER, WHERE WE CAN LAY DOWN ALL OUR BURDENS ON YOU. IN JESUS🙏🏿
🙏🏼💗 Definitely love this reminder. Especially as I am going through some hard times. I know God will see me through. Amen. 🙏🏼💗
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom the power and glory forever Amen
I enjoyed reading about Jesus.
When I have prayed for someone who is sick and they die, if they are christians then I realize that God answered my prayer. What is better than to go home to heaven.
I love you Lord father 🙏♥️. Exactly what I needed to hear. Yesterday I just got a blessing of anointing of the sick.
In Jesus name amen
Amen
ÅMEN LORD 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Amen. I needed to hear this today!!!
Thank you this reminder. And you are right; God doesn't always grant our prayers but we just need to trust him and give him thanks because his ways are Always best.
To God be the glory
Praying for your sister and the family.
Amen 🙏 🙏
Amen
I am thankful for the prayers he did not answer more than anything!! Looking back that would have been real trouble.
“Remember that He sees everything clearly and completely while we see our circumstances through our limited human view. “ What a good reminder! Now to remember that when I need to.
God is a awesome God! Prayer truly work. My sister is in the hospital as we speak and she has an issue going on in her brain. My family is rather large as we all gather on the telephone to communicate with one another... we prayed a faithful prayer on a main line to God.... in prayer ....for his will be done. !!!!Not a doctor, nurse are anyone .....this was a job that only God can take control of!! She's stop talking, walking and movement of her limbs. Eating through a feeding tube..!!! One of the scariest thing ...our family is going through!!!. So we are bind together and put our trust in God called him on is main line of prayer and praise God.. She is coherent, she can wink at you, she tries to move her right arm. God is in control. Thank you Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Praise you holy name. We Glorify you and we honor you in Jesus name.. In Jesus name we pray... Amen!!
God does answer our prayers. When my brother had pulmonary fibrosis, he had to use oxygen so that he can breathe. He needed lung transplant and we all prayed and he did get the transplant after in the waiting list for only 8 months. That shows that it is God's will and He answered our prayers. Hallelujah, Amen!
Father thank you for the privilege of pray and thanks for loving me
Like the devotional. Prayer is important.
Prayer is the key that unlocks all doors.
Let me make a comment that I believe is a little deeper than our ability to pray. As noted faith and trust in the Lord should be the end goal of all prayers True faith is true trust in God and trust in God in any circumstance is your expression of faith to God!
Prayer is always an opportunity to commune with God. He listens and we would do well to remember that we pray in accordance with His Will, not ours! Lord, please help us in our understanding of what true prayer really is.
Thank you guys for the devotional and I thank God for myself and my family
Prayer is a great privilege and often overlooked. Lord help us sense the need to pray to you without hesitation. Knowing that you love us and have our best interest in mind always. Pray to give God the glory. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Amen
Thank you Nat, this has certainly revived and Blessed me, God Bless
Thank you all so much for such a wonderful devotion it lift my spirit to know I have such a special privilege and I’ll be using this privilege to pray for you all also enjoy your day family
Thank you for this reminder encouraging me to pray without ceasing, in all circumstances, and for each other. Father, thank You for the opportunity and access You have given me to enter into Your Holy Presence in prayer with thanksgiving, praise, and petitions. Help me always to make prayer my first response in all circumstances, and leaving the outcome to You. Not my will but Yours be done!
May God bless you abundantly you and yours all.sir this is essential. I thank my Lord for this morning messages that He gave me through you.