1. James says effective, earnest prayer from a righteous man avails much, has great power, and produces wonderful results- depending on what version you read. Then, in the next verse, 17, he talks about Elijah and says we have the same nature as him. Do you think this type of power and results is still available to us today and why?
Read James 5:13-20
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
2. The story of Elijah and the rain can be found in 1 Kings 17 & 18. Another similar story with Moses can be found in Number 11:2. Notice how in each event they came to God with their own personal desire and God did as they requested. What thing in your life do you think could be changed if you followed this outline given to us in James 5?
3. If you were to create a key phrase or a slogan from these two verses, what would it be?