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Message - Re: anointing with oil Posted By Hoby on 6/18/2009 10:59:00 AM - Subscribe to this discussion here - Subscribe

I apologize for the delayed response...VBS is keeping us busy...

In looking at verses 14-16 we see the subjects of sickness and sin are intertwined and it is not easy to determine which is under consideration at all times. The overall picture of what James is saying is that whatever our situation in life, we need to pray. And we need to pray that the Lord's will be done in all things, as Christ did(Luke22:42). Again, we also understand that the elders are the shepherds/overseerers of our souls...we would hope that they are righteous(innocent) men and as the leaders of the local congregation we should never hesitate to have them pray for us... in whatever situation. Another point we must realize is that the there is power in prayer. Notice what James says in verse 16: He says the person whose prayer is powerful is "a righteous man." James doesn't say that the prayer of an eloquent preacher is powerful nor the prayer of a noted church leader. But he says that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful...that person may be unassuming, their prayers may not be eloquent, but if he is a Christian and his life is right, his prayers are powerful!
And so to answer you question...then yes a fervant prayer from one that is righteous (right in God's sight) is as effective (powerful) as those of an elder (who we would hope is also righteous).      

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