***We will continue on in the New Testament with I Peter***
Vs. 8, “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” While there are several ending thoughts James gives, the key thought is once again the second coming of Christ. When Christians honestly look for the return of Christ, they can’t help but show the evidence of hope in their lives! While there were a few good rich people, God does not pull any punches when it comes to the rich. The rich often live very selfish lives and God warns us time and time again not to love money because James outlines a little bit of what might happen if you do (Vs. 1-6). We also see that we must be careful with swearing by an oath (like putting your hand on a Bible and swearing you are telling the truth). The way we live our lives should be enough of a testimony of our promises. And of course, when trials inevitably enter our lives…Question: What must a Christian do? Pray, Pray & Pray some more.!
Regarding application…How We Pray For Others. Vs. 16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Accountability is one of the most important things we can do for each other. We can’t make it on our own if we do not learn to pray for each other! In order to pray, we must break the dividing walls and humble ourselves so that through prayer we can truly be healed. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17). Accountablity is not just about chatting about how our week went or what big events are going on in our lives. Accountability requires emotion, brokeness, humility, honesty, trust, and repentance. It is time when you are vulnerable and willingly prayerful for your prayer partner and they are likewise for you. Of course, we can always and must pray to the Lord Jesus everyday…but He also gives us each other to uplift and encourage.