James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the
Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth,
and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of
the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned:
behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name
of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of
the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is
very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven,
neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea;
and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
highlighted verses:James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him
pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14
Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him
up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may
be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly
that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of
three years and six months. 18
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth
her fruit. 
any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Do you have hardships, trials,
Talk to Him about them.
That is what prayer is. Understand
the purpose of trials and tribulations.
How can there be a victory without
And if you become "merry" while
talking to Him because you "suddenly remember" James 1:2 and James 5:10
and you remember the prophets of old and you understand that you are in
the midst of writing your book, your testimony, then praise God and sing
psalms of joy for you know with certitude that He shall give you the victory!
Let "the author and finisher of
your faith" finish each chapter of your book.
Count it all joy!
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus Christ counted His crucifixion
He KNEW WHY he was suffering (to
pay the price for you and me) and He KNEW where He was GOING, to sit down
at the right hand of the throne of God!
any sick among you? 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:
The elders of the church are
those who are mature Christians, not mature of age but of wisdom and knowledge
in the Word.
They are known by their fruits,
not by their status.
It is an act of obedience and the
call of the sick to ask for the elders to come and pray and anoint them
with olive* oil
in the name of the Lord.
The olive oil is symbolic of the
Holy Spirit for it is the Lord, in whose name we pray, who does the healing.
The "elders" of church are mature enough to know full well they DO NOT
have power to heal!*Olive = elaia,
Greek 1636; feminine of a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary;
an olive (the tree or the fruit) :- olive (berry, tree).
The word "olive" contains both
"El" and "Yah", the names of God.
Isn't that amazing?
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
The Holy Spirit does NOT knock
people down when He heals them. He raises them up!
your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
This doesn't mean "air your
dirty laundry" to everyone but instead of bickering against one another
(vs. 9) and pointing fingers at one another we should acknowledge that
we in the flesh do ALL fall short at times.
We are one body in Jesus Christ
and when one of our members is ill, either physically or spiritually, we
should pray for God to lift him up.
Our Father does hear His righteous
servants who by their faith do bring forth goods works.
Speaking of being human, have you
(Hey, El-i-Jah, kind of like "olive".)
was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that
it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three
years and six months.
The effectual fervent prayer
of this righteous man did truly avail much, didn't it?
The point is that Elijah fell short
at times also for he was just like you and me, made out of flesh and blood.
In fact, he got so depressed at
one point that he wanted to end it all right there.
Yet God heard Elijah and He, not
Elijah, did cause the rain to cease from falling.
Remember, the Day of the Lord is
nigh at hand and it is no coincidence that James brings Elijah into the
We read in Rev. 11 about the 1260
days (3 1/2 years) of the two witnesses in this final generation?
Rev. 11:6 "These have power to
shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: ..."
he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth
Prayer is a BIG part in bringing
forth fruit in these end times, lest we begin to think that we are able
to judge and save.
It is Christ who does the saving!
Will you remember the victory God
wrought through the Patience
of Job and the power God wrought through the effectual fervent Prayersof
These are two very important words
to keep in mind and "do" in these last days.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the
error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals. We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.
E-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org Middletown,
If you would
like to have your essay published as part of
the American Wisdom Series submit your
manuscript to Rhine Publishing Co at the address
above for consideration.