In the fifth chapter of James God encourages all of His children to pray for whatever need or circumstance that may arise in their lives. Then He gives us the example of Elisha, a man with the same nature as us, whose prayers He answered despite the frailty of his human nature. We can all be encouraged to pray, and trust that God will answer our prayers, because of the wonderful example He has given us in His glorious Word, The Holy Bible.
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (16) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (17) Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (19) Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; (20) Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:13-20
I love that God links answer to pray with the faithful ministry of God’s children to one another. We can confidently pray for one another and expect that God will answer those prayers. Whether our beloved brother or sister is ill, sinning or erring, we can beseech God on their behalf and trust that He will answer that prayer. We are given a powerful promise that God will answer such a prayer in 1 John.
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: (15) And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. (16) If any man sees His brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (17) All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (18) We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 1 John 5:14-18
Those who commit sin deserving capital punishment, or willful apostasy cannot be prayed for, they have betrayed their allegiance to the devil. However, if a brother or sister commits any other sin we can pray for them and know that God will answer our prayers.
Today, so many are being deceived, let us pray for them. Let us pray that God will open the floodgates of His mercy, grace and love and restore erring, sinning brothers and sisters back to Him. May we be ever faithful to pray for one another. As believers are restored to Jesus Christ, may we pray for the proclamation of the gospel so that more souls will be added to God’s kingdom. It is God’s command.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (19) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (20) For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20
Lord Jesus prayer is Your gift to us to exercise on the behalf of others for Your glory, may we be faithful to pray for one another because of Your love for us and our love for all the saints. Amen!