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Worship Series - "God's Toolbox for Life!"
Sunday - August 31 - Prayer of Faith
Next Sunday we are starting a mini-series called New Opportunities which leads into Home Run Life!
Order of Worship
PreWorship Singing: Navin & Vijay Mohan Welcome/Theme Intro
Singing & Prayer
Children’s Time – Prayer for Back to School
Announcements & Offering
Message: “Power in Prayer”
… Duane Whittey
Scripture: James 5:13-20 (The Message)
Scripture: James 5:13-20 (MSG)
Prayer to Be Reckoned With
13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.
16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.
19-20 My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.
God's Toolbox for Life
"Prayer of Faith" – James 5:13-20
August 31, 2014
Prayer can be as simple as a thank you, help me, a cry or a whisper; it can be a long conversation or a simple statement. Regardless of the kind of prayer you are praying, remember it is an intimate connection with the One that created us. Prayer may not change the circumstances that we all find ourselves in…it does change us so that we can live through our circumstances and grow closer to our God.
- What sticks out most to you in this passage? Why do you think that is?
- What are you struggling with most in your life today?
- Do you have a person or a group of people that are walking alongside you through this challenge?
- What do you think about verses 16-18? How do they make you feel?
Things you can try as part of prayer:
- Journal your prayers - write out questions, heartaches and struggles. Don't forget to journal praises, too. Be creative. Put your prayers into poems. Write a letter to God.
- Take a prayer walk - hike in a forest preserve and praise God for his beautiful creation. Walk around your neighborhood and pray for the family in each home you pass. Or take a "prayer walk" on the sidewalk around your school.
- Pray over your calendar and schedule - got a test, project, meeting or just doing errands today? Pray for peace of mind. Ask God to open the door for you to have a conversation with them about faith
- Pray Scripture – when you read verses 19 and 20: turn that verse into a prayer: "Lord, there are people around me that do not yet know what it’s like to have a relationship with you. Help me see them and go after them."
- Pray about the news - When you read or hear about a troubling issue, pray for the people involved. Pray for politicians and other national and community leaders who make the news.
- Partner up - find someone to pray with, plan to meet at a coffee shop this week, or get together before school.
- Be quiet - if prayer is a conversation, then you also need to listen in silence. Expect God to tug at your heart, move your conscience, or help you realize something you need to do or change.