One of the pillars of the early church, James led the church in Jerusalem for many years until he was tragically murdered. He was also known as a peacemaker who led with wisdom and courage. The book of James was written to the Jews dispersed around the Mediterranean and they were living in troubled times.
In part two of this sermon series, we focus on James 5:13-18. Let us pay attention to the words of this great pastor. What is our role in this global COVID-19 pandemic?
There are many things we can and should do, but we cannot miss the one thing we must do. The part we play is to pray. This is the second piece of advice from James to act on during difficult times.
If we are aware of unconfessed sin in our hearts, we will not feel confident in drawing near to the holy God. The psalmist says, “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” (Psalm 66:18 NASB)
Examine your heart. Talk to God about areas of your life of which you need to repent. Confess them and turn from them so that you do not risk the loving hand of discipline from your heavenly Father. Write down your response to Him in prayer.
If there is a sin that you should confess to your LifeGroup leader/a mature brother or sister in Christ so that he/she can pray for you and to hold you accountable, do it this week.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO
Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort. Prayer reminds us that we are not in control but God is. Prayer puts us in a position of humility. So let’s play our part and pray.
Would you spend some time in prayer each day, even if only 5 minutes of undistracted time? You can ‘wash and pray” during this season. As you wash your hands each time, pray for 20 seconds.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16