The Amazing Richness and Power of Prayer

The Amazing Richness and Power of Prayer

March 24, 2024

HANDOUT FOR SERMON: THE AMAZING RICHNESS AND POWER OF PRAYER. James 5.13-20    April 24th, 2024, Manchester, TN

INTRODUCTION: How is life going for you? Is everything perfect? Just as you want it? Is everything going your way?  How much are you truly in control of things around you? It is my guess that things could most likely be much better!  Are you suffering? Disappointed? Uncertain? Worrying about things? Feeling helpless? Are you physically sick? Do you feel limited?

How is your personal relationship with Jesus? Matthew 11:28-30.  I know you care about your life, your soul and about God because you are here today to focus on God. As we come to the close of our study of the book of James, there is a message of positivity and encouragement for the believer.  I see a strong connecting of the concepts of worshipping God in spirit and in truth in James 5:13-20. We learn from John 4:23-24 that true worshippers of God worship in Spirit and in Truth! Spirit is being you, your attitude, personality, and emotion. Truth on the other hand is objective. It is the immovable will of God. Both of these are necessary in order to worship God acceptably. Emotion should come first, and that inner emotion leads us to God’s truth which then leads our action.  Since emotion is important and significant, there is a need for us to understand our “needs” and our “emotions” which are often the result of our needs!  We all need a contrite and humble heart that will then submit totally to God and then to His Will.

What kind of spirit do YOU bring into the assembly? What kind of attitude do you have right now? We worship from the inside out!  It all starts with the “internals” for worship before we then focus on the “externals” of worship!  Scripture: Matthew 15:8, Ephesians 5:19 & 6:18, 1 Corinthians 14:15

LESSON:                                                                                                                                                                                                        Open your Bibles to James 5:13-20 for our study.  Suffering is a personal condition. It is something you feel. It is difficult, emotionally heavy, and hard to carry and handle. We must never take such lightly. What does God say to us and what does He tell us to do? What are you doing with the heavy emotional challenges that you are facing?

Read James 5:13-14                                                                                                                                                                                        God tells us what to do:

  • Let him pray.
  • Let him sing.
  • Let him call for the elders.

When you have a deep need or a deep emotion, no matter what it is, express it to God! We believe in and serve an amazing, caring and almighty God. No matter what our emotionally state may be the first thing we should do is turn to God. Remember what Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30. So why don’t we do it!

Emotions are good, God gave them to us. When you feel a need, go to God and you will experience a great satisfying relationship with God.  Is our faith weak or doubtful? Do we not completely believe what God tells us?  In this section of scripture, God references that emotion of joy and He tells us what to do with that joy! He recognizes our emotion for Him and towards Him and He simply tells us to express it out loud. He tells us to sing!

What am I supposed to do?

  • The Heart of Pain (due to suffering) = Let Him pray. James 5:13
  • The Heart of Joy = Let Him Sing Psalm. James 5:13
  • The Heart of Need (due to sickness) = Let Him call for the Elders. James 5:14
  • Confess your transgressions to one another. James 5:15-16
  • Lean on and go to the righteous.

What does God promise? You will be restored!

  • This is a challenging section of scripture.
  • A promise of God is in these verses.
  • The prayer of a righteous man avails much- but do we truly believe it.
  • Or do we ask doubting. James 1:5-8
  • Is “the sick” in this context, spiritual sickness, or literal physical sickness?
  • God gives us an example to learn from, Elijah. What about his power in prayer?
  • If your will aligns with the Lord’s will – it will happen.
  • Another example worth looking into is Simon in Acts 8:22-24. He desired the prayer of someone he considered righteous to pray on his behalf!

What does God say about wandering believers? James 5:19-20

  • God indicates restoration is always possible.
  • God also indicates the power and influence brethren have on one another.
  • We learn others can be brought back.
  • People can turn from the error of their ways.
  • We can be influential in “covering a multitude of sin.”
  • Why are God’s people not more involved in this work?
  • Could it be that we really don’t care enough? We are too selfish with our time and in our own lives and family life to do anything about it.
  • We should because they are a part of our family, we love as Jesus loves, we should truly and deeply care like Jesus.
  • Remember – this could happen even to me!
  • Beware of the danger of: “out of sight – out of mind!”
  • Scripture: Galatians 6:-2, John 13:24, Philippians 2:4, Romans 15:1

Generic benefits of prayer: It brings us closer to God, It keeps us focused on our purpose and away from temptations. Helps us accept God’s will. It helps us face our sins and shortcomings. It is a personal admission of our need for God and His help. It is a way we show our gratitude for God. Learn to pray more often!

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Please continue to read and study the Book of James. It is an amazing and powerful message from God. With a continued reading of it and meditation on it you will grow stronger and mature in faith.