Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he 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 man is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16 (NIV)
Prayers Of Faith
That is what I want to offer to you. What do you want to offer to me? In every circumstance of life, I want to offer prayers of faith to you. When there is sickness or sadness or sorrow, I will pray. When there is happiness and joy and celebration, I will give thanks to you. When there is trouble and great need, I will pray. All my prayers will be filled with faith. I will trust in you. I will rely on your help not only for myself but for others as well. That will be very good. There is a side note I would also like to make. What’s that? I know the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. You will hear and answer the prayers of the righteous, of that I am certain. Yes, I will. Is there a problem? Yes, there is a problem. I am a sinner. I take missteps. I make mistakes. I sin. On my own, I am not righteous. The only righteousness I have is in you. Is that not enough? Yes, your righteousness is more than enough. I want to point out that I will be making confessing my sins to you a regular part of my daily prayer life. I will be relying on your forgiveness and cleansing. You will make me pure and clean and righteous. Yes, I will. Yes, I have. You will make me a vessel that you can use. Yes, I will use you as my vessel.
Say more about being my vessel. How will you be my prayer vessel? I have been thinking about that quite a bit. Your forgiveness and cleansing make me a clean vessel for your use. Yes, it does. However, there is another requirement to having prayers heard and answered. What is that? Prayers that are heard and answered must be filled with faith. I must believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. If I pray prayers filled with doubt, I cannot expect to receive anything from you. That is correct. So, I will be relying on you to guide my prayers. I believe that you will give me prayers to pray. You will encourage and strengthen me as I live a life of prayer with you. You will hear and answer my prayers and fill my heart with faith as I continue to live in an intimate prayer filled relationship with you. Yes, I will give you prayers to pray. Yes, I will hear and answer your prayers. Yes, I will grow your faith as you walk through life holding on to me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will pray in all the circumstances of life. I will pray faith filled prayers for others and myself in times of happiness, sickness, sorrow, trouble or need. I will pray prayers of confession. Make me righteous so that my prayers can be heard and answered. Amen
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