Study 12 of 13 on The Book of James
“Prayer is more than just a secret handshake with the Almighty to make him work his divineness around us. It is more than a code, a phrase, an act of a warrior…Prayer connects humans with Him who made us so that in the process we, once again, are restored by the breath that made us good in the first place.”—Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Prov. 10:12; John 8:43–45; 1 Cor. 15:54; Heb. 12:12, 13; James 5:13–20; 1 John 5:14. Key Text: “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16, NASB).
1. We know how suffering can draw us closer to the Lord through prayer. What, though, are the spiritual dangers when things are going well for us? 2. According to James 5:14, 15, what are the essential elements for anointing the sick? 3. What do we learn in James 5:17, 18 about prayer from Elijah’s example? 4. What role do prayer and confession play in our quest for healing? 5. In what practical and loving ways can we comfort someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one? 6. As a church, we are seeking revival and reformation. But what choices can only you, yourself, make that will determine the direction and, ultimately, the destiny of your own life?