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Real Faith: Powerhouse Prayers: James 5:13-18

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Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 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. 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. 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. 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. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

James 5:13-18 (ESV)

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.
James 5:14 (ESV)

1. Pray Passionately 

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.
James 5:17 (ESV)

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.
James 5:15 (ESV)

“From there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)

2. Pray Purely 

So keep on confessing your sins to one another and praying for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 (ISV)

If you are a husband, you should be thoughtful of your wife. Treat her with honor, because she isn’t as strong as you are, and she shares with you in the gift of life. Then nothing will stand in the way of your prayers.
1 Peter 3:7 (ESV)

But there is a problem—your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)

We all know that God does not listen to sinners, but he listens to anyone who worships and obeys him.
John 9:31 (NCV)

3. Pray Powerfully

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16b (ISV)

I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:13 (ISV)

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

4. Pray Plainly 

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.
James 5:17 (ESV)

5. Pray Persistently 

Elijah was a man just like us, and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the ground for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and heaven sent rain, and the ground produced its crops.
James 5:16-18 (ISV)

Lord, God of my salvation,  I cry out before You day and night.
Psalms 88:1 (HCSB)

At that time Jesus went off to a mountain to pray, and he spent the night praying to God.
Luke 6:12 (NCV)