Today’s Scripture: James 5
When I read “Warning to the Rich,” the heading in today’s reading, I thought, “doesn’t apply to me, I’m not “rich”.” Taking a closer look, I think James isn’t talking about monetary wealth. I remember a time when I had it all! I was leading worship at our local church, my family attended and supported me, I had good friends that I met with and did Bible study and prayer on a regular basis. I loved my job and my life felt like it had a purpose. But then I took my eyes off the Lord and began to pursue worldly pleasures.
You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.
I lost my peace and was left with the emptiness brought on by a selfish lifestyle that only leads to bondage. Terrible things began to happen all around me and to me. Finally, the pain of staying the same became greater than the pain I would have had to face in order to change. I cried out to Jesus to save me, and I waited patiently. Things began to change in me and consequently in my life. I am living proof that prayer is very powerful!
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
I was able to confess my sins and make amends to my family, friends, and the church. I discovered there had been many prayers lifting me up! I’m sure if it weren’t for those prayers, I would not have made it back to walking with the Lord. I am so humbled to know that there was not judgment and condemnation, but only love and prayers for me when I went astray. Please think about that if you know someone who is on the wrong path. The most powerful thing you can do is pray!
Life is far better than I could imagine now. I am back in the arms of Jesus! My life has a purpose, I am remarried to a wonderful man, my family is part of my life, I am part of a life group, and I love to worship at CedarCreek Church and write about my experiences. The things of Earth don’t hold the appeal they once did.
Is there anything in your life that holds more value than your relationship with God? Do you have peace in your heart? If not, have you prayed and asked why? Is there someone who needs you to pray for or with them?
Talk to a good Christian friend you feel you can trust. Make a confession about something you’d like to quit, change, or do better. Pray together for divine guidance and strength.
Father, you are holy and deserving of our worship. We praise you for your grace and mercy. When life is out of control, help us to turn our eyes to you and not despair. We trust that you will heal us and guide us to the blessings and peace that only comes through a life with you. Thank you for who you are and all that you do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Julie Estep, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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