Talking to Man & Talking to God

“12 Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment. 13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit. 19 My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.”     James 5:12-20

TALKING to man

  • Our speech reveals what is in our HEARTS
  • The oath “PROVED” you were honest and forthright
  • James calls for simple, straightforward, HONEST speech

Talking to GOD

  • Prayer for those who are OVERWHELMED and overjoyed
    • As a believer, we have a great opportunity to PRAY when in need of COMFORT and PRAISE when comfort is GIVEN
  • Prayer for those who are OVERCOME
    • Sin can lead to SICKNESS
    • Sin grows and INFECTS others
    • When sin is dealt with, through confession and repentance, there is healing and RESTORATION
    • Prayer in faith to God is POWERFUL
  • Prayer for the BACK-SLIDER
    • Stray–to wander away GRADUALLY
    • God’s Word must maintain a place of PROMINENCE in our life
    • When we see a fellow believer straying from the truth we should PRAY for them, but also seek to HELP them