Monday, July 31, 2017

James Week 10 James 5: 13-20









We finish up our study on James with some encouraging words about prayer and standing in the gap.




Study Questions Week 10


  1. When you don't feel like yourself, what is generally your first response? Do you start with prayer, rest, food, lashing out at others? 
    1. When you encounter others that are not acting like themselves what is your initial thought? How do you think your relationships would be different if you began those interactions with prayers? Prayers for understanding for yourself and peace for the other person?
  2. When you are happy, do you ever try to keep it to yourself because you don't want to celebrate while others around you are struggling? Can focusing our happiness towards God with praise and worship change how we view sharing those moments? 
    1. God is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). How can this verse help shape your worship and praise? 
    2. Take some time this week to praise God for some good gifts, which are present even if you are in the midst of a struggle.
  3. Do you have a sticky sin, one that you've confessed but you're still seeking forgiveness? Beth Moore said that when we are reminded of sins that we've already confessed, that's an opportunity to instead of asking for something we've already been given, forgiveness, to instead praise God with a simple "Thank you, Lord, for forgiving that sin." We can turn our negative self talk into worship with that simple statement.
    1. If you have a sin that is exceptionally sticky, find someone in the faith that you trust that you can confess to. Let them know that you would like to get together to discuss your faith and that you have something that needs to be confessed. Make sure that where you meet provides you with enough security and anonymity that you are not concerned about others overhearing.
  4. Elijah was a great man of prayer. What area of your life would you like to see God take over and show His power? Take some time to discuss it with God and see what happens.
  5. Weekly Challenge: Our challenge this week is to pray. Pray for ourselves, others, those that are in trouble, those that are happy, those that are sick and those that are in need of confession.


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