Here is a man who says, "I cannot pray; I am too far from God, I am too worldly," etc. endobj And God heard him, and closed the windows of heaven for three years and a half. Our own individual necessities, our own immortal souls, the situation of all our fellow creatures, the state of the whole world at the present moment, the character of the times, and the prospect of the Church, all call, and loudly, for energetic prayer. A man has an opal, but it is imperfect, and he is dissatisfied with it. 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. "I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere." Then we should forgive each other freely, and from our hearts. a. James 5:16-20 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. There are thousands of little faults that multiply on men, and act in the same way. 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. The apostle says, "You are to own your faults." 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. 2. what magnanimity! A scandalous sin is one which, on account of its publicity, is a scandal, and is calculated to bring reproach upon religion. 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 … Mutual confession. (1) James 5:16 (a) The words “effectual, fervent prayer” are a translation of one Greek word that literally means “stretched out”. Though we are sure of the accomplishment of a blessing, yet we must not give over prayer. Prayer without importunity is like a material body without the breath of life; but our fervency must also be well regulated by consistent knowledge and holy principle. 16 Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Notice that his book has 8 customer reviews and all give it Five Stars! By cutting down forests and by draining low lands and marshes man has actually changed the climate of large tracts of country. 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? It is perfectly consistent with our acknowledged circumstances to pray for our daily bread; to solicit the protection of Him in whose hands our life is; to "acknowledge God in all our ways": but it is not to be supposed that the desires and feelings of man, especially in relation to things temporal, should ever be made the standard or rule of the Divine government. 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. 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." Each particular speck of moss, each particular fungus, that hangs itself upon the tree, amounts to very little. For, there is nothing that makes a man so charitable as that which he has himself suffered. Are you not needy, and His child? Two special petitions presented by this prophet are cited. James 5:16-18 Praying With Power. Some public. His prayer at first was for temporal evil. 18.) 4. Nay, more. It is connected with the most thorough conquest of that enslavement to sense which is the curse and degradation of man. 8. The history of prayer is among the most interesting portions of the Bible. They can love the nature, though they hate the sin. It is but a necessary charity to invite them that have shared with us in sin to a fellowship in repentance. The Spirit is given to help our infirmities, when we know not what to ask for. We may appeal to man's consciousness for this. They are such as these: "Pray without ceasing." Either extreme is wrong. 1600 N 19th St Ozark, MO 65721 | (417) 581-5433 © 2020 James River Church | Privacy Policy | Privacy Policy King James Version Update. That comes from a lower range of action. II. 3 0 obj No, she cannot take it; but at dead of the night she can go and draw back some bolt, and let men in that can take it. James 5:16. By confessing our faults one to another, and praying for one another, we learn humility on the one side, and on the other side that large charity which covers transgression and hides a multitude of sins. Grace is not impassible, or without passions and affections. What is it that really likens all men to one another? Although an extraordinary personage, and a very eminent prophet, Elijah was by no means a demigod: he was "a man of like passions [literally, 'homoeopathic'] with us." The prayer of the righteous person is powerfully effective. Since believers cannot lose their salvation, they interpret verse 20 as saving the person from … PRAYER IS NATURAL TO MAN. And as it is in art, so it is in character. It is no injury to the most holy persons to look upon them as men like ourselves. There are two extremes of opinion respecting faults. We should all remember at the throne of grace the afflicted of our company, and those who have confessed sin to us. _&;�*˯��A�)���+8R�D6��O��U��>�ZP�b���Q���'x��L]/��?W(x��h|�}���`�Y,'p5�+� �h9���STug�g�0~ۍy#p�jջ �6g�n"��l�K�€���3^ ������๐�c�׎.AH�"����YZ���%��1� �Z}"D�ߊqy��Ka~�. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. Feb 28, 1993. IT IS CONSISTENT WITH NATURE AND MIRACLES. III. 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! "Ye know not what ye ask; ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of." When he prayed, first of all, that "it might not rain," and then afterwards, when the people repented, that rain might be sent, could he give a stronger proof of his belief in the power of prayer with regard to the phenomena of nature? He bad the same human nature which we have - the same susceptibilities, dispositions, and infirmities. James 5:16. that He will signally express His approbation of a prayer which is wrought in the soul by the gracious power of His own Spirit, Who thus "maketh intercession for us"; and wrought in the soul, too, by your own earnest endeavours to learn to pray, and to be ready to pray? They are so small as to elude the grasp. Our Lord, at any rate, believed this history, for He took its truthfulness for granted when preaching in the synagogue at Nazareth. As ENCOURAGEMENT TO DISCHARGE THIS DUTY. We must seek right things. 2. This archive contains the bulk of the expository sermons from the ministry of James Philip of Holyrood Abbey Church, Edinburgh, where he served for 40 years until his retirement in late 1997. But, being "a righteous man," he was a man of prayer; and his success as a suppliant should be an example to us. 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. the answer is, that he is "with us" yet; and that prayer is still the golden key which opens the door of heaven, and brings us "in its working" salvation manifold. The manuscripts are PDF files for ease in downloading. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. The apostle recommends intercessory supplication as peculiarly effectual. 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. Mutual prayer demands mutual confidence and love. wisdom for a blue jean faith “So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. 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. 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. But a little more temper, and a little more, and a little more, and you are a shrew and a scold. It is mutual, "one to another," and not on the one part only. And it is only some sins which it is proper to confess to our fellow-men. It has a happy effect on men to hear themselves prayed for, and may set them to pray for themselves. James is an intensely practical man who '93means business.'94 And when he says, '93The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working,'94 it sounds like an utterance as practical as any of his previous ones.1 [Note: W. A. Cornaby, In Touch with Reality, 265.] A man has a large emerald, but it is "feathered," and he knows an expert would say, "What a pity that it has such a feather!" It burns on the heart as God's holy altar; it consumes the idols of the heart; it makes a sacrifice of. Man cannot "make the clouds his chariot, or walk upon the winds of the wind"; but he can make the winds and the lightning his submissive servants. x��[[O��~G�?�t^�i�w{5Bvg5�Ιa5��`��H�ÜH��y����7=3�v��JUu�Ww��z4,5{�n�����uyɾ�Oo��?�ݖ����Ѥ�G������o�Z�eup������ݝ�S���f����R�/��-OsR�4c�c��Ǯ�vwRv��_vw��X�7;�mw�������vrv��[8;���t����tZ?bN��1oN�Tj�ϵ&�R.r�R.��c&Yu�������?X�zG��M����'� �驤�zY���4] Y���9W�귯�am�ܬq��)���� f�O3*�@�*o�[����t���V�@2\q��j�vS�G�l�?+��^�qs����j�N"��f���)S���R�[�j�\�&�>c Rn�Y�Ԏg�����\�` �h.E|s��r��i�G�l���럃˦���WWn�6��b���J�G�>��`o�k����L�p ֮�߀�߇%�&"�U(�Uۗ��v~W�i��@��Z�����ן�躜犈�#ä�~�a ��U)R�~�����? 2. when energized by the Holy Spirit, who "maketh intercession for us" (Romans 8:26). Those that do not allow their infirmities may pray with hope of success. Some of the notes are too low, and some too high; and they are all of them just a little out of tune. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. - C.J. To get it, you must wade, or leap from bog to bog, tearing your raiment, and soiling yourself. There is nothing like the sympathy which is created by our own experience. If we believe the history of Elijah, there is an end to the whole controversy; for if God on only one occasion sent rain in answer to prayer, there can be no reason why He should not do so any number of times. 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. Read the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the temple, and you can have no doubt as to his opinion upon the subject (1 Kings 8:35, 36). You can overlay beauty, you can mar perfectness of quality and faculty, by little faults. 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