“Two Questions” James 5:13-20
(1) IS ANYONE AMONG YOU SUFFERING?
suffering – means to endure hardship, persecution or trouble…difficult circumstances
a. suffering will be a part of our lives
b. Paul is an example – 2 Cor 11:23-28
c. it is continual ion the original language
What do we as believers do when we are suffering?
pray here speaks of turning and throwing
-turn to the lord and throw all of our burdens and difficulties on to the Lord….
-learn to go to the Lord yourself
***prayer brings you wisdom for why things are happening – James 1:5
***prayer gives us grace and strength to endure the difficulties – Luke 22:41-42
***prayer can remove the hardship
(2) IS ANYONE CHEERFUL?
-speaks of being glad
-we have many good times and seasons in our lives
-so sing……speaks of singing with or without musical instruments…
v14 – A Third Question
***IS ANYONE AMONG YOU SICK?
sick – means to be feeble; weak;
-it speaks of one not being able to move/could be a mental illness of some kind
call for the leadership – the believer must call and reach out…….
-leaders cannot read minds….
-it pays great rewards to be a part of an assembly and be engaged in that assembly
-pray over them – this is a picture of the church leaders standing over the sick person
-anoint with oil – represents the power and presence of the Holy Spirit
-in the name (by His authority) of Jesus Christ
vs15-16 – pray the prayer of faith – this is a prayer offered in faith that is prompted by the Spirit of God showing it is God’s will to heal the sick…
-this type of prayer will raise up the sick
-the emphasis is on the Lord because He is the Healer
-if the person is sick because of sin, the Lord assure them that He will forgive them….
vs16b-18 – the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and work
righteous – in position and our walk in the Lord
effective fervent – speaks of energy and setting no limits concerning the power of prayer and activity starts to occur…..
EX: Elijah is an example