You are powerful! Your prayers are powerful! We must recognize this: our prayers are powerful. Our prayers affect the world…both the seen and the unseen.
James 5.13-18 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 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.16 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.[b] 17 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. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
In James we see that prayer is amazingly powerful. Our spiritual reality and our physical reality are intimately tied together and affect each other. In this passage we are taught that we are to pray in every circumstance.
If you are suffering, if you are cheerful, if you are sick, if you have sinned, if you need rain...pray!
James is convinced that prayer is the answer to all circumstances. We must learn to agree with James.
This past Sunday, Antioch gathered to pray for every situation and circumstance, as James encouraged. Our hope is that, as a congregation, we would know how to pray in all circumstances with faith that God will break into our lives and change both our spiritual reality and our physical reality. Jesus taught us to pray that our Father’s kingdom and will come to Earth as it is in Heaven. When heaven breaks into your life you cannot help but be transformed.