Thursday, January 12, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 12

“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” (James 5:13-16)

Today’s Morsel: James asked is any among us afflicted? By afflictions he means sickness, bereavement, disappointment, persecutions, loss of health or property, etc.   The word used here refers to suffering evil of any kind.  And James says that if there is, let him pray.  That is, prayer is appropriate by him for his trials.  Our minds naturally resort to prayer, and in every way, it is proper when we are facing trials.   God only can remove the source of sorrow; He can make them the means of sanctifying the soul.  It matters not what is the form of the trial, it is a privilege which we all have to go to Him in prayer.  Health fails, friends die, property is lost, disappointments come upon us, danger threatens, death approaches and to whom shall we go but to God?  Paul said that He ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).  He never fails us or disappoints us if we trust in Him, as His ear is ever open to our cries.  This would be a sad world indeed if it were not for the privilege of prayer.

Sing: Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?  Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.  Are you grieving over joys departed?  Tell it to Jesus alone.  

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus, He is a friend that’s well known
You have no other such a friend or brother, tell it to Jesus alone.

Thought ​For Today:  Prayer still works!

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