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The Answer to Our Pressures James 5:13-20. If You Are In Trouble: Pray for Help vs. 13a . 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. . James 4:2 You do not have, because you do not ask God. If You Are Cheerful: Praise Him vs. 13b .

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The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If You Are In Trouble: Pray for Helpvs. 13a

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

  • James 4:2

  • You do not have, because you do not ask God.


The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If You Are Cheerful: Praise Him vs. 13b

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

  • Hudson Taylor

  • "Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength."


The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If You Are Sick: Pray with the Elders vss. 14-15

14 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.

15 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.

  • Hebrews 12:3

  • Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If You Are Sinning: Confess & Repent vs. 16

16 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.


The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If You Are Sinning: Confess & Repent vs. 16

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer “In Life Together”

  • In confession the breakthrough to community takes place. Sin demand to have a man by himself. It withdraws him form the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more disastrous is his isolation. Sin wants to remain unknown. It shuns the light. In the darkness of the unexpressed it poisons the whole being of a person… In confession the light of the Gospel breaks into the darkness and seclusion of the heart. The sin must be brought into the light. The unexpressed must be openly spoken and acknowledged. All that is secret and hidden is made manifest. It is a hard struggle until the sin is openly admitted.


The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If You Want Something: Ask For It vss. 17-18

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

  • Henri Nouwen

  • “Prayer is a radical conversion for all our mental processes because in prayer we move away from ourselves, our worries, preoccupation, and self-gratification – and direct all that we recognize as ours to God in the simple trust that through his love all will be made new.”


The answer to our pressures james 5 13 20

If Others Are Distant: Pray for Their Return

vss. 19-20

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Galatians 6:1

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.