Just like Doc Brown was surprised that his invention worked, we may find ourselves shocked that praying a verse for someone else is effective. James 5:16 has a lesson for us about prayer that has power “as it works”. Talk with God, in His language, on behalf of people in your life and you will experience peace and see change.
We will experience peace and see change when we thank God for the people in our lives and pray for them. Paul writes to Timothy, “”I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” 1 Timothy 2:1 Want to feel less stressed, healthier, and more energetic? Research shows that there are many benefits to exercising gratitude. This should be a factor in how we pray for the people in our lives.
In Part 2 of our message about praying the Scripture, we get more specific about how this works. When I read, “In all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us.” from Romans 8:37 I can then pray: “I believe: God is in control. God saved me because He loves me. God will be faithful to complete it. I have strength beyond the challenge. I can do all things through Jesus.”
The teaching of Jesus Christ includes a prayer that is answering God within the context of who God is, His language, and His Words found in Scripture.
We believe that God is real. He is alive. He is willing & able to heal you. Every day God chooses to heal people regardless of their level of faith in Him or their lifestyle. Faith helps. Praying the Bible helps. Let’s look at James 5:14.
Worship is for God but it is also for you. Passionate worship allows God’s presence to overflow you with His love and healing, lifting you up and filling you afresh. Worship is for our recovery, restoration, reviving, redemption, and refreshing. The presence of God is a personal, real, and life-changing presence of a living God who abides in us and dwells among us. The church must have a passion for His presence and experience it in the corporate gathering as well as carry His presence into their homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.
Jesus calls us to stay connected to Him, for our benefit. We find in Jesus’ words in John 15 that there will be benefits in our lives, from our lives, if we will stay connected to Jesus. Father God will adjust us when we need it so that our lives will produce more fruit. Benefits can include joy and living in a community of love.
Pastor Rebecca Malmin walks us through Psalm 51 and the benefits of a clean heart.
God’s love for us is meant to share. Psalm 68:4-6 Luke 12:33-34 give us perspective about who God is and how we should respond. Let us live the message that “love gives” by being courageously generous with our time, energy, and money. Let us listen to, love, and serve those who are lonely and in need.
God’s love for us is lavish, as seen in what Jesus has done for us, as experienced in who Jesus is. Exodus 34:5-7 Galatians 3.