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Apr 30, 2017
The Gospel
The Good News of Jesus Christ and the power of the Gospel.
  • Apr 30, 2017The Gospel
    Apr 30, 2017
    The Gospel
    The Good News of Jesus Christ and the power of the Gospel.
  • Apr 23, 2017Parables of the lost…..
    Apr 23, 2017
    Parables of the lost…..
    Phil shares the parables of the lost....that are found.
  • Apr 16, 2017He is Risen!
    Apr 16, 2017
    He is Risen!
    Easter tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us!  He is Risen!
  • Apr 9, 2017“The Word of God is living and active . . .”
    Apr 9, 2017
    “The Word of God is living and active . . .”
    God's Word is literally a word from God to teach us, to correct us, to train us and to convict us!  God uses His Word to help us to grow in Him!
  • Apr 2, 2017The Holy Spirit
    Apr 2, 2017
    The Holy Spirit
    What does the Bible have to teach us about the Third Person of the Triune Godhead? God's Word speaks to us about the purity and the power of the Holy Spirit in Romans 8.

 | Wednesday Weekly Blog |

The Prayer of the Righteous is Powerful

There are very few who don’t at least have reference to James’ passage in the fifth chapter of the book that bears his name concerning prayer for healing.  In fact, it is the ONLY place in the Bible where we are told to “pray” for healing.  Every time that Jesus talked about healing, specifically about His followers (which includes us) and their place in the healing of sickness, disease and the like, Jesus simply says that we are “to heal.”  He doesn’t tell us to pray for the healing, He tells us to do it. That is powerful and it is something that we will explore in weeks to come.  But in James 5, beginning about verse 13, we are told that if anyone is sick “he should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (5:14).  Now if you read on in the next verse you’ll see that “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” (5:15).  But it is the next verse, 5:16, that really tweaks my interest this morning.  Look at it with me.



There are two passages of scripture I want to reference for you this morning – the first is Matthew 13:58 and the second is John 14:14.  Now it isn’t just these two verses that we need to look at but we also have to look at the context of all that surrounds them.  There are a couple of things that we really need to learn from this, especially as we have been emphasizing prayer this month and particularly with the special services we have here beginning tonight and going through Friday evening with Dan Bohi.  



I read a quote from a piece of paper I have in a file folder this morning on prayer.  Unfortunately, I do not know the author of this quote but it surely challenged me.  We are emphasizing prayer during the month of February with special times of prayer that the building is open for you to come and go as you are able.  We’re going to have Dan Bohi with us on February 15-16 to challenge us more in prayer and as we pray we are believing God for His best in our lives.  This past Sunday we looked at the Lord’s Prayer and saw how we can use it as a pattern to help us to focus our prayers more and spend more time in prayer. And when I read this quote this morning it challenged me even more.  Here is the quote: