8. We say, by way of excusing them, "We all have our faults." The secret root of piety is to be watered in private; but then this will prompt us to social efforts. James 5:16. Further, James instructs us to confess our faults. Finally, while we are striving to bear our own burdens, and to sustain the faults and shortcomings of our fellow-men, let us remember every day what Christ is obliged to bear in and for us. James 5:12; AN ERRING BROTHER. Such is prayer, "the effectual, fervent prayer, the inwrought prayer of the righteous man." Cannot any ordinary mortal deflect a beam of the sun without a miracle? Life without anything in it, you know, is dough; and therefore a little temper — just a little spice — raises the dough, and makes bread of it. 2. It is mutual, "one to another," and not on the one part only. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for James 5:16. 17, 18.) Grace doth not abrogate our affections, but prefer them; it transplanteth them out of Egypt that they may grow in Canaan; it doth not destroy nature, but direct it. !�x��5$W �O�K3��C�*}�B�Q�k.�V%l��[H�L�>7H�-�����I���&rRqZORe����Pm�aV�i F�B #U�1�J��r���"�t\v��m!%$w�)�� ;J3&G��?cqiѫ_�-�AS��j[�z#֏�X�5L�(vA�o�/'��������/{�>���x����J���0n�:#+��.㙘k^*+�6��KͯN�-S��cY2 (4) When in some special cases God's glory is concerned; as when some eminent judgment seizeth upon us because of a foregoing provocation, which provocation is sufficiently evidenced to us in gripes of conscience, it is good to make it known for God's glory (2 Samuel 12:13; Joshua 7:19). 1. 4. The instrument is good and sound, and pretty nearly chorded; but it is not quite in tune. THE EFFICACY OF PRAYER IS PROPORTIONED TO ITS FERVID ENERGY. He gave himself to prayer to fulfil the purposes of his mission. Confess your faults — Whether you are sick or in health; one to another — He does not say to the elders; this may or may not be done, for it is nowhere commanded. The element of time in prayer is important. In some cases unite to prayer for temporal good, when it is for God's glory. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man. Elias was a man subject to like passions. God's children are never more diligent and free in their endeavours than when confident of a blessing; hope is industrious, and draweth to action. Violent excitement is seldom a source of great happiness. King James Version (KJV) Bible Book List. There are occasions when we may profitably speak of such to a pious pastor or to some prudent Christian friend. 2. But we ought to confess: (1) Wrongs done to brethren. He, too, had his secret faults, and his presumptuous sins. The prayer of a righteous man will prevail. Some assume that James is talking only about believers. 5. IV. SermonAudio.com - James 5 Sermons. And this man is worried all the time because he knows his opal is imperfect; and it would worry him even if he knew that nobody else noticed it. It is but a necessary charity to invite them that have shared with us in sin to a fellowship in repentance. Are you not needy, and His child? "The only true confessional is the Divine mercy-seat" (Wardlaw). J ames Expositional Commentary; JAMES SMITH - Handfuls of Purpose - click here for all the topics below on the same page. Let not the heart be wandering while the lips are praying; lip-labour doth no more than a breathing instrument, make a loud noise; the essence of prayer lieth in the ascension of the mind. James 5:16-18 Praying With Power. This is the bridle which God hath upon the world; the ordering of the weather is one of the most visible testimonies of His power and goodness. II. The different forms of its utterance are apt to bewilder. There is a right charity on this subject; but it is wiser for each of us to take heed of our faults. They should therefore be studied, outgrown, corrected. 9. The Church will ask more, receive more, and do more. I guess she cannot take the castle." There are thousands of little faults that multiply on men, and act in the same way. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. To this must be added zealous interest in each other's spiritual good, not cold and haughty distance and mutual estrangement ever after. The Father is represented as on a throne of grace. 16 Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Quarrelling and fault-finding separate us from one another. Commands of this nature abound, and are addressed, with the other general precepts of God's law, to all mankind. It is no injury to the most holy persons to look upon them as men like ourselves. There are many "secret faults" of impure thought and corrupt desire on which we should keep the lids closely down. "Ask, and it shall be given you. It has a happy effect on men to hear themselves prayed for, and may set them to pray for themselves. Be Ye Therefore Sober, and Watch unto Prayer. that He will signally express His approbation of a prayer which is wrought in the soul by the gracious power of His own Spirit, Who thus "maketh intercession for us"; and wrought in the soul, too, by your own earnest endeavours to learn to pray, and to be ready to pray? Is not your nature full of the wants He has taught it to feel, and are not your rights as the rights of a child to its father? The Holy Spirit is represented as interceding for us, by creating within our hearts the desire to pray, and teaching us how to address the Most High. It were folly to ask who among men are most distinguished by such high and happy attainments. These Sermons were preached @ Christ Reformed Church during 2008-09. Prayer is the greater work. The men become bark-bound, and leaf-blighted, and cease to have moral growth. Yes. The petitioner, however, must be "a righteous man. His prayer at first was for temporal evil. Faults are not sins, necessarily, though they breed sins; and yet, they are not harmless. The efficacy of prayer is very great. Sermon. Each particular speck of moss, each particular fungus, that hangs itself upon the tree, amounts to very little. This request Elijah presented upon Mount Carmel, on the evening of that memorable day when God had answered by fire, and the prophets of Baal had been slain. PRAYER WILL PREVAIL WITH GOD. "It is true, I did. A form of sound words is not enough. (Ver. 2. CONFESS YOUR OFFENSES AND PRAY FOR EACH OTHER. Promises to prayer, lavished in prodigal bounty, like the rich fruits of the earth, springing up through all these glorious fields of revealed truth and grace. God may continue judgments, especially that of unseasonable weather, for a long time. Black flies, or mosquitos, or gnats, will drive them out, if there are enough of them. We may confess them to any pious person who can pray in faith: he will then know how to pray for us, and will be more excited so to … The preacher, with the utmost gravity, gave out his text in the following words: "James the First and Sixth [ James 1:6 ], in the latter part of the verse, ' For he that wavereth,'" &c. Mutual prayer. There is a little gipsy girl in the old castle, and some one says to the lord, "You have an enemy there." If any man knows a priest who is a good man, and is willing to listen to him and give him good advice, there is no earthly reason why he may not go to him, as a sensible man who has a heart of sympathy, and a desire to help his fellow creatures. A little sharpness in a person's voice occasionally is not unpleasant. God never intended prayer to change His purpose or move Him to come to fresh ideas. He bad the same human nature which we have - the same susceptibilities, dispositions, and infirmities. The manuscripts are PDF files for ease in downloading. Happiness is harmony. C. Tarry ye until. The first question to answer is, “Is James talking about backsliding believers, or is he talking about evangelizing those who do not know Christ?” The first part of verse 19 would indicate that James is talking about believers (“My brethren, if any among you strays…”). Both of these chapters in Elijah's life illustrate vividly the power that there is in "the prayer of faith." James Children's sermons for James 1 James 1:17-27 Managing Anger Children's sermons for James 2 James 2:1-17 Things that Go Together Children's sermons for James 3 James 3:1-12 A Blessing or a Curse James 3:13 – 4:3 Show Your Good Life Children's sermons for James 5 James 5:7-10 Patience! 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