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Faith shows in Action!

Scripture reading for November 6th:  Jeremiah 41-43, James 5

Key Scriptures: James 5:13-16 “Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone cheerful?  Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.   And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.   And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess you sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

James concluded his letter to the church with practical instructions on living by faith with corresponding actions.  No matter what the circumstance, prayer, praise, thanksgiving and actions prompted by faith will bring God’s response.  Faith shows itself by corresponding actions!  The people who came to Jeremiah for God’s direction, however, did not want to obey God!

Jeremiah 42:2-3 “. . .and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant–because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us–that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing we should do.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your promises of response to the faith of Your people.  Keep me from unbelief and failing to act on Your instructions.  Amen.

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Prayer is powerful and effective!

Scripture reading for November 7th:  James 5

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  James 5:13-16  “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 person is powerful and effective.”  

Confession, prayer and praise are great responses to any of life’s ups and downs!  James was known as “old camel knees” because he was such a man of prayer and love for God.  He closed his letter with strong encouragement to pray.  Each believer is righteous and has access to God’s throne through Christ Jesus.  Our prayers are powerful and effective, able to bring help in trouble or healing in sickness.   Praise to God brings joy and a thankful heart.  Confession of sins brings forgiveness and healing.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers pray with power and effectiveness through a strong relationship with Jesus Christ!  “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to You while You may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach Him.  You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”  (Psalm 32:6-7)

 

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