A Street Level Faith: A Powerful Prayer Life (Part 1 & 2) (Book of James)

A Street Level Faith: Book of James

‘A Powerful Prayer Life’  (Parts 1& 2)

James 5:13-18


James 5:13-18

‘Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 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. 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. 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.’


 1.   The Instruction in Praying    (A Pattern to Follow)

             James 5:13-15; 2 Chronicles 20; Ephesians 5:18-20

               John 11:4; 1 Corinthians 11:28-32; Matthew 9:2

 a.   Prayers of Affliction

b.   Prayers of Adoration

c.   Prayers of Affiliation


  • The Appeal—whoever is sick, call for the elders
  • The Anointing—the elders anoint the sick w/ oil (picture of Holy Spirit)
  • The Authority—the elders pray/anoint in the name of Lord
  • The Acquittal—if there was sin involved in their sickness, they would be forgiven


 2.   The Investment in Praying     (A Promise to Believe)

             James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13; John 4, Mark 1:35

                Luke 5:16, 6:12, 18:1, 22:44; Hebrews 5:7



 3.   The Influence of Praying       (A Proof to Remember)

                        James 5:17-18; 1 Kings 17-19


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