2. Sin: James 5:16 (NIV) states, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The obvious inference we can make here is that the reverse is also true, “The prayer of an unrighteous person has little power and is ineffective.” There are many reasons sin hinders are prayers. So here, confess your faults one to another, it may be referred to injuries. To get it, you must wade, or leap from bog to bog, tearing your raiment, and soiling yourself. The prayer of a righteous man will prevail. 2. There are certain qualities peculiar to Paul which constitute his manhood; but not one of us can read the story of his life without feeling ourselves grander and holier for it. Happiness is harmony. Not to forgive hinders prayer (Mark 11:25). Here is a mother whose child is dangerously ill, apparently suspended between life and death. But when verse 20 talks about saving his soul from death, it sounds like saving a soul from hell. It shows a mind living in the precincts of the world of light. It requires the faculties to be harmonious all the way through. One is brave, another is timid; one is prudent, another thoughtless; one is headstrong, another is docile; yet in all their differences of character they are alike in that they have their father's nature and their household rights. As is common in many of the New Testament epistles, we find various commands and exhortations as we draw near to the end of the epistle of James 2. Elias was a man subject to like passions. He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.". Faults also prevent true growth in life. God wants us to pray "for all men," and "for all the saints." We must be influenced by righteous motives. The Old Testament history does not mention the fact that the long drought which fell upon the land of Israel in the days of Ahab was sent in answer to the prayer of Elijah. Either extreme is wrong. The secret root of piety is to be watered in private; but then this will prompt us to social efforts. Notice that his book has 8 customer reviews and all give it Five Stars! 6. Take, again, the case of Elijah. God can and will perform what He has promised. (3) God's people do not desire vengeance against particular persons absolutely, but in general against the enemies of the Church, and expressly against such as are known to God to be perverse and implacable. James 5:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 5:16, NIV: "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." Help me out of it next time." The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail. Second causes do not work by chance, cannot work at pleasure. A man has an opal, but it is imperfect, and he is dissatisfied with it. 2. The success of prayer is intimately connected with our habitual character. James 5:16 . .Not only to say a prayer, but to pray a prayer (Romans 8:26). Elijah was a man of like passions. 4. By cutting down forests and by draining low lands and marshes man has actually changed the climate of large tracts of country. It was so, however. There is a mutual dependence and subordination between all second causes. The prophet had been brooding, among the uplands of Gilead, over the wickedness of the court and of the people; and at length he prayed by the Spirit that Jehovah, for his own glory and for the well-being of the nation, would send this drought upon the land. The result is of great moment, but it is made up of the sum of little things, each one of which is apparently of not much importance. To this must be added zealous interest in each other's spiritual good, not cold and haughty distance and mutual estrangement ever after. John Piper Feb 28, 1993 17 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. Faults are also dangerous, in their own way, because they have insect fecundity. "Well, I ought not to have done it." The answer is to be found in that ancient figure of the Bible which represents God as our Father. every interest and every faculty; there is a life given up there, "a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God." David Holwick B James series #19. It is connected in Scripture with the Trinity. You may give a tree a good soil, and a good summer; and if that tree is a little sluggish, and it falls behind a little, it will be attacked by moss, which is a parasitic plant which draws its nourishment partly from the tree, and partly from the air; and it will very likely be attacked by a fly which is another kind of parasite that feeds upon the leaf. This is the Scriptural doctrine of prayer. Not only are the spiritual officers of the Church to pray for the sick and the erring; this duty is incumbent upon the whole congregation. 4. (Ver. 3. First Baptist Church. James Children's sermons for James 1 James 1:17-27 Managing Anger Children's sermons for James 2 James 2:1-17 Things that Go Together Children's sermons for James 3 James 3:1-12 A Blessing or a Curse James 3:13 – 4:3 Show Your Good Life Children's sermons for James 5 James 5:7-10 Patience! Unite to prayer for spiritual blessings; for the deepening of God's work in your own hearts — for the conversion of friends — for the welfare of the Church you belong to — for a blessing on God's Word; for a revival of religion at large. We justly attach every idea of solemnity and importance to all things connected with a religious profession, and to the observance of all religious duties; but prayer is, without exception, the most solemn act in which a creature polluted with sin, and laden with guilt, can be engaged. Each particular speck of moss, each particular fungus, that hangs itself upon the tree, amounts to very little. Commands of this nature abound, and are addressed, with the other general precepts of God's law, to all mankind. (1) A prayer for judgment. And so —(1) To a wronged neighbour, which is called a turning to him again after offence given (Luke 17:4), and prescribed by our Saviour (Matthew 5:24). Have not all the marvels of modern science been wrought upon this principle? that little gipsy girl?" 1. a. It promotes mutual love and sympathy to pray to ether. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective. THE EFFECTUAL PRAYER. God had intimated to Elijah at Zarephath that he was about to send rain; and now the prophet wrestled for the fulfillment of the promise, and sent his servant seven times to the mountain-top to watch for the visible answer. Sermons in Series: 9 Scripture: James 5:16, 1 John 4:16-17, Matthew 6:16-18, 2 Corinthians 6:1-2, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:10-18, 1 … Our prayer must be earnest. 4. endobj They art apt to swarm. They tend to dull moral sensibility. In some cases unite to prayer for temporal good, when it is for God's glory. He plays, it may be, through the middle range without much discomfort; but when he strikes a note in the upper range, it makes him cringe. In our American culture we keep our business quiet, and let others do the same. It is due to the interests of Christ's Church that we should unite in prayer. We may confess them to any pious person who can pray in faith: he will then know how to pray for us, and will be more excited so to … Though we are sure of the accomplishment of a blessing, yet we must not give over prayer. And the not quite takes away all comfort from the musician who sits down to it. SermonAudio.com - James 5 Sermons. 1. We say, by way of excusing them, "We all have our faults." Most persons are sometimes placed in a position which would induce them, unless their feelings were chastened by the mighty power of religious principle, to present very improper requests before the throne of God; and many would be glad to get to themselves a distinguished name as having power to prevail with God, being great in prayer and faith; but as the Word of God, which is the only rule of prayer and faith, does not encourage, in any instance, an expectation that the sovereign King should suspend for a single moment the course and order of His ways for our sake; much less can we expect any Divine interposition of an extraordinary and miraculous character without betraying an arrogance of heat, most opposite to the lowly, humble, unassuming spirit of the gospel of Christ. Though he seems to be speaking about praying for those who are sick, the overall command is specifically to "pray for one another." He who would intercede successfully must himself have faith in Christ - that faith which is made perfect by holy deeds (Psalm 66:18; John 9:31). And the displeasure is greater, frequently, when the thing is marred, than when it is destroyed. A form of sound words is not enough. In respect to the kingdom we shall not have the harvest with the seed-sowing, but after. Prayer is thus more than merely a wholesome spiritual discipline; it moves the arm of the Almighty, and virtually admits the believer who presents it to a share in the government of the world. Further, James instructs us to confess our faults. James 5:16. 2 0 obj If at any time our understanding ought to be in full exercise, if in any case the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart ought to be distinguished by correct knowledge, by serious and deliberate reflections, and by unimpassioned sobriety of mind, it is when we seek the privilege of intercourse with the Father of light, and when we address Him professedly on the subjects of eternal moment. Sermon Downloader 2.0 - Free Software to download entire SermonIndex Speaker Archive: SermonIndex.net: Christian Books: James 5:16-18: Commentaries On The Catholic Epistles by Jean Calvin James 5:16-18. A little spirit is necessary. If any man knows a priest who is a good man, and is willing to listen to him and give him good advice, there is no earthly reason why he may not go to him, as a sensible man who has a heart of sympathy, and a desire to help his fellow creatures. The preacher, with the utmost gravity, gave out his text in the following words: "James the First and Sixth [ James 1:6 ], in the latter part of the verse, ' For he that wavereth,'" &c. 3. True prayer must be righteous. I confess it. Effectual Fervent Prayer. But a little more temper, and a little more, and a little more, and you are a shrew and a scold. Let us turn to —. Sermons on James. They can love the nature, though they hate the sin. If we ask what we have no right to ask; if we apply to the only wise God for that which we cannot assure ourselves is according to His will; there is no scriptural encouragement to expect a favourable answer: in that case, we shall "ask and receive not, because we ask amiss." Free Sermons! 16 Confess your faults one to another, … 6. A. 2. Where the heart is upright our infirmities shall not hinder our prayers. This is our duty, to pray in prayer. This is the bridle which God hath upon the world; the ordering of the weather is one of the most visible testimonies of His power and goodness. God knoweth the voice of the Spirit; our fleshly desires meet with pardon, and our spiritual with acceptance. SPIRITUAL POWERS ARE THE MOST COMPLETE STEP OF OUR HUMAN NATURE. We must put our heart's blood into our request. # 2078 "Unanswered Prayers," by Kirk Russel, Deforest, Wisconsin, He has ordained that we be saved through the means of preaching the gospel, but prayer is also a means of salvation.We have seen that it is His will that we pray; it fits into the design of His purpose. But I was having a hard time getting my mind around what made it so great. We may appeal to man's consciousness for this. Christ has given his ministers no power to pardon sin. 8. Faults, again, propagate themselves silently and secretly, and very dangerously; and they do mischief far from the point at which they start, and do mischiefs, too, that apparently are quite beyond their own nature. The creatures are serviceable to one another by mutual ministries and supplies; the earth is cherished by the heat of the stars, moistened by the water, and by the temperament of both made fruitful, and so sendeth forth innumerable plants for the comfort and use of living creatures, and living creatures are for the supply of man. In all private cases it is the glory of our religion to bless them that curse us, to pray for them that despitefully use us. Sermon Videos Pastor James Mooney Facebook-f Twitter Youtube The prayer of the righteous person is powerfully effective. 3. His prayer was effectual in regard to material things. III. C. Tarry ye until. Nor is that all — "and pray one for another." James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. But the same God who made the earth and the whole universe also made the man, and wrought into the very texture of his being that belief in the efficacy of prayer. IV. Here is a man who says, "I cannot pray; I am too far from God, I am too worldly," etc. GOOD MEN, IN ALL AGES, HAVE BELIEVED THAT GOD ACTS UPON NATURE IN ANSWER TO PRAYER. Some public. (2) A prayer for mercy. Be Ye Therefore Sober, and Watch unto Prayer. James 5:19, 20; R C SPROUL. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it d... Read verse in New International Version The exhortation before us is addressed to the brethren generally, whether presbyters or ordinary members of the congregation. Yes. Text: James 5:16 Prayer does not equip you for greater works. Sudden and powerful impulses are always to be suspected; they are not acquired by knowledge; they are not corrected by rational and sober reflection; they are generally the offspring of a rude, untaught, but active mind; and the only answer we can reasonably expect to the unhallowed effusions of human passion, mistaken for prayer, is a rebuke. We instinctively feel that the highest degree and the strongest expression of approbation belongs to the highest forms of character. We are apt to settle on certain forms, and, because we do not find them everywhere, we think it cannot be that the relation of the child's soul to the father's soul constitutes religion. This request Elijah presented upon Mount Carmel, on the evening of that memorable day when God had answered by fire, and the prophets of Baal had been slain. So always try and believe about the noblest of your race, the men or women in your own circle whom you know to be beyond yourselves in attainment, who possess something personal which you can never represent, that, so far as they show out humanity, the lustre and completeness of human nature, you may get new courage and faith in yourselves from what you see them do. The energetic prayer shows that the soul has caught at least a glimpse of the heavenly glory; breathed the pure breath of a heavenly atmosphere; enjoyed communion with its Divine Saviour; burst for a moment its accursed bonds; and now it cries, "My soul thirsteth after God, in a dry and thirsty land, where no waters be." No one who is conversant with the Scriptures, or with the state and history of the Christian Church in every age, will entertain the hope that even the purest devotion will fortify his physical nature against the attacks of disease, or protect him from the accidents of human life, or save him from the anxieties that are involved in the very pleasures of relative and domestic society. Grace doth not abrogate our affections, but prefer them; it transplanteth them out of Egypt that they may grow in Canaan; it doth not destroy nature, but direct it. Faults unwatched tend to run together, and so to become far more potent than they are in detail. And so we brush them away. (Ver. and surely the same feat is possible to Omnipotence! Home > Resources > Sermons > James. This is, indeed, "science, falsely so-called," for it rests upon no adequate basis of facts. James 5:16. And is it more probable that God will accept such sacrifice? It is of the nature of spice. To prevent selfishness we should pray with others, and learn to say "our Father." Feb 28, 1993. Passion may be mistaken for spirituality; and the danger is greatly increased by the fact that every object that is made the subject of prayer is of deep importance, and therefore worthy of the liveliest emotions of the heart: we ought to be fervent in spirit. It is sometimes lawful to imprecate the vengeance of God upon the wicked. And as it is in art, so it is in character. (4) Their ordinary prayers are against the plots rather than the persons of their enemies. (1) James 5:16 (a) The words “effectual, fervent prayer” are a translation of one Greek word that literally means “stretched out”. Let not the heart be wandering while the lips are praying; lip-labour doth no more than a breathing instrument, make a loud noise; the essence of prayer lieth in the ascension of the mind. Little cracks, little flaws, little featherings in them, take away their exquisiteness and beauty, and take away that fine finish which makes moral art. II. Font Size. Others reflect only upon their infirmities, and instead of making them precedents of mercy, make them patrons of sin. Bible> James> Chapter 5> Verse 16. The supplication" of such a man "availeth much in its working," i.e. 16.) "Ye know not what ye ask; ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of." His ministry was one of the most far-reaching in Scotland in the 20th Century, and though he died in 2009, his influence and fruitfulness continues to be manifest in many places, and countless ways, today. IT IS INCREDIBLE THAT THE MAKER OF THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REGULATE THE ACTION OF HIS OWN LAWS. 3. "THE EPISTLE OF JAMES" A Call To Prayer And Praise (5:13-18) INTRODUCTION 1. In her inmost heart she knows that the life of her child is in the hands of God, and that her hope is only in Him. It does not follow that because a duty so reasonable, a privilege so excellent, is sometimes misunderstood, and often perverted to evil purposes, therefore it is to be rejected altogether: nor can we allow ourselves to be despoiled, by any specious reasonings called philosophy, of the never-failing source of encouragement we experience in an unshaken conviction, that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. It is but a necessary charity to invite them that have shared with us in sin to a fellowship in repentance. Coming down to modern times, it is hard to read the story of the Spanish Armada without believing its destruction to have been the result of direct Divine interference. Confess your faults one to another Which must be understood of sins committed against one another; which should be acknowledged, and repentance for them declared, in order to mutual forgiveness and reconciliation; and this is necessary at all times, and especially on beds of affliction, and when death and eternity seem near approaching: wherefore this makes nothing for … Quarrelling and fault-finding separate us from one another. An historical example of this power. It is no injury to the most holy persons to look upon them as men like ourselves. With such examples the pages of the Old Testament are thickly strewn; but the apostle selects one case only - that of Elijah. Confess your faults — Whether you are sick or in health; one to another — He does not say to the elders; this may or may not be done, for it is nowhere commanded. Sermons from James Three Signs Your Religion is Real (James 1:26-27) ... (James 5:12) Boiling Prayers (James 5:16-18) Rounding Up the Strays (James 5:19-20) Praying For the Sick (James 5:13-16) ... broadcasting translated sermons, providing ministry resources for … "What! If it has a crack running clear across, it is marred, no matter how large it is, and no matter how wonderful its reflections are. What balm! Ledgewood, New Jersey. And God heard him, and closed the windows of heaven for three years and a half. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. I was as scared as you are when I first went into action; but I got over it, and you will get over it." I. A scandalous sin is one which, on account of its publicity, is a scandal, and is calculated to bring reproach upon religion. IT IS CONSISTENT WITH NATURE AND MIRACLES. There are many "secret faults" of impure thought and corrupt desire on which we should keep the lids closely down. Rev. James 5:1-11; PURE SPEECH. What is the use of telling that mother that the life of her child depends on fixed laws, and that, therefore, it is sheer ignorance to pray? That Church, while recommending the confession of venial sins, makes the rehearsal of all mortal sins essential to salvation. To pray for others will help to free us from spiritual selfishness; it will develop within us sympathy for brethren, and thus tend to knit the Church together in love. When we have received a high assistance, yet still we are unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10). And should any one ask, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" The priest? Two special petitions presented by this prophet are cited. Your need and your nature as a child of God are all the credentials you want; take these, cast yourselves down beside Elias, and David, and the praying Jesus, for they were all men of like passions with you, and the grace they needed shall be given you as it was given unto them. Elijah was a man of like passions, yet he prayed, and it rained not; imitate his faith and earnestness, and your infirmities will be no impediment (2 Chronicles 30:19). James 5:16(NASB) Verse Thoughts As James draws his epistle to a close, we are called to confess our trespasses to one another and to pray for each other, knowing that the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man. %���� "Seek the Lord while He may be found." Now this was to be done, partly for the sinner's sake, that he might be brought to the more shame and conviction; and partly because of them without, that the community of the faithful might not be represented as an ulcerous, filthy body, and the Church not be thought a receptacle of sin, but a school of holiness. Violent excitement is seldom a source of great happiness. One apple-tree is ten million times bigger than one of those little plants that feed on it; but each one of these epiphytes shoots its little roots into the tree; and being multiplied by millions, they suck out the sap, and diminish the vigour of the tree, and prevent its growth. Is not your nature full of the wants He has taught it to feel, and are not your rights as the rights of a child to its father? Life without anything in it, you know, is dough; and therefore a little temper — just a little spice — raises the dough, and makes bread of it. THE TERM "FAULT" IN SCRIPTURE IS FREQUENTLY EMPLOYED AS SYNONYMOUS WITH "SIN." 3. January 13, 2008. In the lives of God's choicest servants there was some considerable weakness. Confess your faults — Whether you are sick or in health; one to another — He does not say to the elders; this may or may not be done, for it is nowhere commanded. God may continue judgments, especially that of unseasonable weather, for a long time. III. The inequalities of birth and education, the diversities in moral nature surrounding us ca every side, compel us to ask what there is left that is common to all men? Let us beware of the influence of merely human passions in our solemn approach to the Searcher of hearts. III. If this man believe at all in God, how can he help praying? How many noble men there are who are diminished, who are almost wasted, in their moral influence 1 How many men are like the red maple I It is one of the most gorgeous trees, both in spring, blossoming, and in autumn, with its crimson foliage. God's children are never more diligent and free in their endeavours than when confident of a blessing; hope is industrious, and draweth to action. Intro: "One [man] tells the amazing story of his church's return to the tradition of true intercessory prayer.The church, located in a small rural Georgia town, had the typical `who's-who-in-the-hospital' prayer time on Wednesday evening. Neither will he suppose that his prayers will create wealth, or command the success he may desire in the common pursuits of business, or raise him to an elevation in the ranks of society that would gratify an ambitious mind. There is a great difference, of course, between faults that prevent growth, and those that do not. They should therefore be studied, outgrown, corrected. The doctrine of prayer. "Certainly they are then more capable to give us advice, and can the better apply the help of their counsel and prayers to our particular case, and are thereby moved to the more pity and commiseration; as beggars, to move the more, will not only represent their general want, but uncover their sores" (Manton). There are unlimited possibilities in Christian prayer. First, we should confess our faults one to another, with real sorrow for them and determination not to repeat them. Some of the notes are too low, and some too high; and they are all of them just a little out of tune. 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