Vs. 8, “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lords coming is near.” A timely reminder as we remember Jesus’ first coming and look forward to His second coming. We are a consumer society and we are exhorted not to treasure the wealth that the world offers (vs. 1-6). Wealth itself is not a sin, but its when we put it before God or acquire it an unethical way (vs. 4). We are then reminded to be patient through the trials and suffering of our lives (vs. 7-12). Just as a farmer must exercise patience to await a fruitful crop, we too must remember things don’t grow overnight. We are to remember the prophets and Godly people who came before us (vs. 10-11). Question: What then shall we do when we face trials of many kinds? We must pray (vs. 13-20). While we can use our tongues for evil (James 3), we are now exhorted to use it for the highest purpose. Prayer is so powerful that it can heal (vs. 13-15, it can reconcile (vs. 16), and it can cover over sins (vs. 20).
Regarding application…Power or Prayer. 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 person is powerful and effective.” Prayer is one of those things that we know is important, yet many of us fail to exercise this part of our life. Many of those in our nations gave prayers to the Newton elementary tragedy in Connecticut. We pray because we realize that there is only one source we can turn to in our darkest times. Prayer is the compass for our life. It recalibrates our hearts and minds so that we can remember the bigger picture of life. Let us be people who live righteous and powerful prayer lives!