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What should we do with our tongue? = Pray5 Reasons to Pray

Suffering (13a)

James 5:13
James 5:13 ESV13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Those in the church knew suffering.James 1:2-3
James 1:2–3 ESV2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Pray, don’t complain or get bitter.

Praise (13b)

James 5:13
James 5:13 ESV13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Praise to God is opposite of boasting.It acknowledges the source.

Healing (14-15)

James 5:14-15
James 5:14–15 ESV14 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. 15 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.
Call on Elders= Overseers= PastorsActs 20:28
Acts 20:28 ESV28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Spiritual leaders of the churchAnoint with Oil= only mentioned twice in NT and does not tell us why. Olive Oil- may have had medicinal purpose but nowhere in scripture do Elders have responsibility of being medical doctors.Spiritual reason= represents God’s favor through anointing of Holy Spirit. Symbolic purposes.

Confession (16)

James 5:16
James 5:16 ESV16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
In Context- Sin that caused the sickness. (Not all sickness)Still in context of calling elders to pray for sick.Holding on to unconfessed sin affects your prayer life.Confess to those who can pray with you so you may be healed.

Miracles (17)

James 5:17
James 5:17 ESV17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
Elijah- example of righteous person.Not righteous because he was perfect- he was like us.Not righteous because of title- there were many prophets that spoke untruth.Righteous because he obeyed God in faith.Some natural disasters are punishment for sin.2 Chronicles 7:13-14
2 Chronicles 7:13–14 ESV13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
America is not Israel- but this truth is found in relation to many nations.EXP- Jonah at Nineveh God blesses nations that bring honor to him.
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