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James 5:13-15

A Prescription for the Ill

OUTLINE:

At the Throne of Grace …
I. Prayer & Song
A. Drawing Near to God
B. Balm for the Soul
C. According to Your Need
II. Seek the Healer
A. In Sickness
B. And Sin
C. He is Faithful
… your all sufficient Father.

The Prayer of Faith
Our verses today direct us immediately to the presence of God.
We have access to the Father through the Son and the help of
the Holy Spirit to bring us there effectively. James point out the
means of approach: prayer and song. No matter what our state
of mind or affairs in life may be, those two blessings from the
Lord minister to our souls in a profound way. We should not wait
to suffer before we pray … but if we pray regularly we will know
to go to the Lord immediately upon facing trials of various sort. If
singing praise to the Lord is our regular habit in the bad and
good times, when we are especially jubilant in the Lord we will
not be able to restrain our tongues from praise in song. Even the
elders and the oil are simply instruments to bring us near to God
in faith. The “prayer of faith” itself is not the end or for that
matter the power, it is only the means to brings us to the Lord
who is mighty to save, able to heal, and gracious to forgive sins.
And remember: this is only possible because God drew near to
us in grace, and most magnificently through the incarnation of
His only begotten Son.
And ye beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,
Look now! For glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing:
O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing.
Richard S. Willis