Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
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:
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.
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.
The Lord’s answers to prayer are infinitely perfect, and they will show that often when we were asking for a stone that looked like bread , He was giving us bread that to our shortsightedness looked like a stone. ~ J. Southley
THE UNANSWERED PRAYER
She asked to be made like her Saviour;
He took her right then at her word,
And sent her a heart-crushing burden
Till the depths of her soul were stirred.
She wanted a meek, lowly spirit–
The work He gave answered that cry,
Till some who had once been companions,
With a pitying smile passed her by.
She asked to lean hard on her Saviour,
He took human props quite away,
Till no earthly friend could give comfort,
And she could do nothing but pray.
She had prayed to be made like the Saviour,
And the burdens He gave her to her
Had been but the great Sculptor’s teaching;
To help answer her earnest prayer. Unknown
. . .The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16b
Let us ‘walk in grace’ together.
May we find ‘joy in the journey and good times in the going.’