James 5

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!

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.”  S.A.G. (Student Accountability Group)…this is one of the inspirations of why we have S.A.G’s!  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.  Whether you are in the Youth group are you are at your own church…we must learn to depend upon each other!  “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  (Proverbs 27:17).  I’m looking forward to our first Corona Prayer Night tonight!