Sunday 5th March 2017
Theme: A Strong Weapon
Text: James 5:13-16
EMHB: 543 Hear Thou my prayer, O Lord
Weapon is seen as an object with the ability to create an indelible impact on another object when applied with force. Now, taking from the content of our passage today we observe the presentation of weapon as an act of prayer as expressed in James 5:13-16.
Prayer is the surest means by which all Christians commune with God. Suffice it to say that prayer is not prayer if it cannot create an impact when applied. James 5:13-16 presents an atmosphere of need which is and has always been the background of every prayer. The scripture also highlights an environment of thanksgiving which comes when relevance and solution are gotten from prayer.
Apostle James emphasizes that the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Apparently, this is to say that lack of effectiveness in prayer, lack of fervency in the Spirit (Romans 12:11-12), and unrighteousness in the life of the person who prays or desires to pray will indirectly defile the potency of this strong weapon, making it powerless and weak.
Edward Mckendree Bounds observes in his book on Prayer that “prayer must be red hot. It is the fervent prayer that is effectual that availeth much. Coldness of spirit hinders prayer. PRAYER cannot live in a ‘wintry’ atmosphere. Chilly surroundings freeze out petitioning and dry up the springs of supplication.”
We then have a call to wield this strong weapon with the assurance that it is a command to pray and in so doing get solution.
MEMORY VERSE: James 5:16 ” Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
PRAYER: Lord, as we lift our holy hands in prayer today hear us and come to our rescue in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
Worthy is the Lamb! Halleluyah!