Pastor Timothy Corder urges his church to pray, praise and repent. John 5:13-18 illuminates this for us as we dive into another weeks sermon.
INTRODUCTION: This morning I want you to help me preach this message, are you up for it! Sure you are, we can do this together.
In Jn 5:13-18, we find a call to pray, sing praises, and repent, with guidance as to what to do and when 13 Is any among you afflicted? (suffering/troubled) Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. (Praise)
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 has 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 Elijah 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. (Here’s your part).
Vs. 13a who is the subject: usually in church the right answer is Jesus, but is that the case here: “Is any of you” the troubled Christian. What is the action? “Let them Pray”. So what do you think the objective is: to get us to call out upon God appropriately.
I. In times of trouble, sufferings or of afflictions let us "pray" (13a)
A. What kind of trouble does James refer to?
1. The word used could refers to any kind
2. Such as, bereavement, disappointment, persecutions, Loss, health or property
3. Later, James will deal specifically with sickness
B. What should we pray for?
1. For the REMOVAL of our troubles/affliction, if it be the Lord's will
Paul’s prayer 2Co 12:8 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2. Also pray for the STRENGTH to endure the suffering, if it be the Lord's will that we bear with it
a. God may not always remove the source of our suffering, for it may be for our ultimate good - cf. Ps 119:67,71,75 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
b. But at least He promises to help us endure it! Ok so James inspired by the H.S.’s objective for us, is, when in trouble to Pray and examine where and why these trouble, sufferings or afflictions may be coming from and what purpose they serve in our lives.
Quickly for whom should we pray?
1. Certainly for ourselves, as indicated in this passage above.
2. But also for those who may be the source of our suffering
a. As Jesus taught in Lk 6:28 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
b. Doing this can help greatly to endure the suffering
So in times of trouble, let us pray! It is a wonderful privilege to
Next, we learn from James that.
II. In times of being merry, “let us sing" (13b) help again.
Subject: still all of us, Action: sing and Objective: to get us praising!
A. The word "Merry"... It suggests a state of mind free from trouble--the opposite of affliction—some say happy or joyful!
For singing praises has the power to make a good situation even better Ep 5: 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What are the two times when Christians are commanded to Praise God: when you feel like it and when you don’t, right, in all circumstances!
What excuse can we possibly give for refusing to praise God, for His glory and for His goodness?
Vs.14-18 What’s the Subject: sick Christians, Action: “Let then call” Objective: to get us to ask for help!
III. In times of sickness, let us "call" (14-18)
First, I believe the sickness and healing in this passage is physical, though spiritual needs are taken into consideration. But the noteworthy thing is the pastor and elders are not gifted with the spiritual gift of mind reading. And we see that times of sickness like times of troubles are a good time for examination of one’s spiritual condition.
a. This is in view of the phrase "and IF he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" Brother or sister don’t be offended, but is there possibly something in your life that is the cause of your sickness? i.e. Sucrose’s of the liver? Then you need change some life chooses.
b. "IF" makes it clear that the illness may/or not be accompanied by sin, which if true, would mean the illness is not spiritual, but physical
With this understanding, let's make the application...
1. In times of physical sickness, call for the elders of the church
a. You want the prayers of the "righteous" working in your behalf, don't you? Where does ones righteousness come from? 1Jn.1:9only inn Christ is the body of Christ going to operate as it should.
b. Notice: You are to call for them, not wait for them to call on you!
c. Have the elders pray with you...
1) In faith (trusting in the Lord's power to heal, if it be His will)
2) Fervently ("the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.")
2. With all confessing their sins, if they have any... 1John 1:9 being cleansed and made righteous.
a. Verse 15 makes it clear that not all sickness is the consequence of sin
a. Prayer and praise are very special privileges for the Christian
b. There is not a time in our life when we shouldn't be doing one
2. But to truly benefit from these two spiritual exercises, we need to
be in a right relationship with God