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FBC E-Blast - May 10, 2010
First Baptist Church of Midway E-blast
May 10, 2010

Does Prayer Influence God?
James 5:13-18


Today’s passage assures us that “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (v. 16). The Lord graciously chooses to involve the prayers of His children in the outworking of His plan. (II Kings 20:1-6) But what about a circumstance like a friend’s serious illness, for which God has already predetermined the outcome? Why should you pray about it when God already knows how the situation will turn out?

As you pray, God works in your heart so that when He does what He has chosen to do, you will be in harmony with His will. Through prayer, God lets you in on what He is doing; as your faith is strengthened, and your love and faith increase, He is glorified. In the event that God is going to call your friend home, He will also be preparing you with awareness of His presence—in that way, when you walk through the approaching stormy valley, you will have peace. And in some situations, prayer is necessary because you may be the very instrument God plans to use in bringing about a result He desires.

No farmer can control the yield of his crops. He can till the soil and plant the seed the best way he knows, but it is the Lord who causes growth. Of course God could produce crops without help, but no farmer sits at home doing nothing and still reaps a fantastic harvest. In the same way, our Father chooses to work through us because He’s a God of relationship. He wants to involve us in His work!

James 5:13-18 - Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 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. 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. 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. 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. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

If you would like to talk about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or any other need, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Pastor Ben Robinson

210 Front Street
P.O. Box 545
Midway, PA 15060

(724) 796-3381 (Church)
(724) 255-1695 (Pastor)