MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #164
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Ephesians 6:18 which reads: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Samuel Chadwick He said: “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Add to this list from the records of the church your personal observation and experience, and always there is the cost of passion unto blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “PRAYER FOR THE SICK IS APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY AS IT WAS IN BIBLICAL TIMES” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
Some ultra-dispensationalists say that the book of James was primarily to Jewish believers and not to Gentile Christians. Even the Scofield Reference Bible has a subhead before Hebrews, James, I and II Peter and Jude, calling them “the Jewish-Christian Epistles,” as if they were essentially different from the rest of the New Testament. But this is not true. It is true that James addresses his epistle “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” But that was when the only Christians scattered abroad were Jewish Christians. James was probably the first epistle written in the New Testament and was written to all those who were Christians. But it is also true that the book of Galatians was addressed “unto the churches of Galatia,” and that Romans was addressed “to all that be at Rome.” And no one doubts that they are messages for us, the spiritual successors of the Christians in that day.
But fortunately we do not have to guess as to whom the Holy Spirit meant to address in these writings. Notice in James 5:14 that it is elders who are to be called to pray, not a rabbi; elders of the church, and not rulers of the synagogue. This is a message to Christians in churches, and not to Jews in synagogues. And notice particularly James 5:3, “Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
James, chapter 5, is fitting for the last days. Verse 7 says, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord,” This epistle of James, the last chapter particularly, is fitted for the days just preceding the Lord’s return.
Again in verse 8 we are told, “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
And again, verse 9 in this same fifth chapter of James says, “Behold, the judge standeth before the door.”
So in this chapter, at least four times, the last days and the second coming of Christ are mentioned. It could not be clearer than it is, that the Lord meant these blessed commands and promises about praying for the healing of the sick to be claimed in these last days, when the coming of the Lord draws nigh, and when the Judge stands at the door. Do not let anyone take away from you the book of James — it belongs to Christians of this age.
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