Daily Devotions: November 7, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is James chapter 5

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

James could attest to the power of prayer. A nickname for James was “camel knees.” Apparently, he spent so much time on his knees that his knees became calloused. James said, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteousness man availeth much.” (James 5:16b) He also said, “You have not because you ask not.” (James 4:2) There is prayer for every occasion. “Is any among you afflicted?” Of course we can all say “yes” we have struggles. God wants us to lay our burdens down to Him. What about joyful times? We can offer a prayer worshipful singing and praise. What about when we are sick? James said, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick.” (James 5:15) One example of fervent prayer is Elijah the prophet. He was a man subject to like passions as we are, yet he prayed earnestly and it did not rain for 3 1/2 years. He prayed again and it did rain. Whatever you are struggling with prayer is the key. James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed.”

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, help us to know the power of prayer. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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