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Daily Devotional

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James Devotional 38

The Apostle James concludes by reminding you that your Christian life is not passive or isolated, but actively involved with Christ in assisting others to continue with you in a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ and each other. “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (Jas 5:19-20). Your true faith in Christ is expressed through His righteous acts in, through and with you towards others whether visible to others or not. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Eph 2:10).

James Devotional 37

The Apostle James gives an example of an effectual prayer offered by faith by a man just like you. “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit” (Jas 5:17-18). You might say “I am not a powerful man of God like Elijah. My prayers are not as powerful as his.” It was not Elijah or his prayers that were powerful. He was petitioning God to do what God prompted him to pray for. It was God, not Elijah who stopped the rain and it was God who started the rain again. Elijah was God’s instrument at that time. Jesus desires you to be His available instrument also.

James Devotional 36

The Apostle James identifies two very important relationships to encourage your Christian life. The first is your intimate relationship with fellow Christians. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (Jas 5:16a). The second, but not least, is your intimate relationship with Jesus that is carried on through prayer. “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (Jas 5:16b). An effective prayer is one that is offered by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who always has your best interests in mind.