June 1, 2010

Ministry in Word

Divine Petition – Part 2
神的祈求 – 第二篇

(Partially based on Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” devotional)

Luke 22:31-32

“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.”


Continued from Part 1

James continued to say in chapter 5 verse15, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” So THIRDLY, our prayer must be offered in faith, for according to Hebrews 11:6, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” We must have faith to offer our prayer that is pleasing to God. In response to a prayer in faith God will heal a person’s physical and spiritual sickness by making him well and forgiving him according to God’s will.


And in James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” So FOURTHLY, to be effective our prayer must be offered by us as united repentant sinners. Confessing our sins to each other unites us the believers in repentance.


Why Should We Pray

In this verse James also gives us the reason for us to pray, that is, so that we may be healed physically and spiritually. Our problem may be our physical illness or suffering. Or it may be our spiritual illness that is our sins. God may or may not take away our problem when we pray, but Apostle Paul said that when we pray, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:7) When we pray about our problem, God will let us gain a new perspective to see God for who He is and our problem for what it is. He will let us see how great a God He is and how relatively small our problem really is.


James said that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. However, the Bible says there is none righteous in this world. Maybe James meant that after we confess our sins and repent we take on the righteousness of Jesus. If we, with imputed righteousness not of our own, can have powerful and effective prayer, just think how powerful and effective the prayer of a truly righteous man would be. And this truly righteous man is Jesus who prays for us. Let us see how Jesus prays for us.


To be continued next week.

May we focus our sight upon Jesus Christ in our daily challenges. May we gain the true perspective that our God is far greater than our problems and that we can rest in Him.


Tom and Tehwan Tso

“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效, 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1:9