Effective Prayer


Anointing(S) James 5:13-14  “Is any among you suffering?  He should pray.  Is anyone cheerful?  He should sing praises.  Is anyone among you sick?  He should call for the elders of the church and they should pray over him after anointing with olive oil in the name of Jesus.”

(O) James suses questions followed by commands as an effective way of exhorting the congregation to prayer and worship. (Holman Study Bible)

(A) The need to pray is real.  It’s not only when we are sick, in turmoil, under attack, about to take a test we haven’t studied for…NO!  We should always be praying!  Offering praise when we are cheerful and happy.  Also understanding that when those times in our life are desperate, call the elders of the church together and have them pray over you and anoint with oil.  There is so much power in this.

(P) God allow me to be bold in my prayers to you.  Let me have steadfast faith and trust in your power, grace and love.  Amen

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