What does it say?
- Read James 5:13-20.
- Who does James address?
- What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
- What commands are given?
- What reasons are given?
- Do we see anything that connects to other sections of James?
- What does this text teach us about God and how he works in the world?
What does it mean?
- What are some common ways that people respond to suffering?
- How should Christians respond?
- If we are suffering, what should we pray for?
- Why is it important for Christians to sing praise in their cheerfulness?
- What does it say about our hearts if we do not praise God when we are joyful?
- What is the prayer of faith in verse 15?
- Whose faith is being described, the faith of the sick person or the faith of the one praying?
- What do you think it means that this prayer will "save the one who is sick"? (physical healing, spiritual salvation, both, or something else?)
- Healing, when it comes, is always a gift from God. Why might God choose not to heal someone?
- Why does James give us the example of Elijah?
- Is verse 19 talking about a believer or a non-believer?
- What does it mean to "bring back a sinner from his wandering"? (cross-reference Matthew 18:15-20)
How should it change us?
- Are you suffering? Pray!
- What would it look like to be faithful in praying through your suffering?
- Are there other people in your life who are suffering? What can you ask God for on their behalf?
- Are you cheerful? Sing praise!
- What are some ways things that have made you happy this week? How can you praise God for those things?
- Are you sick?
- Have you ever called the elders of the church while you were sick? Why or why not?
- Is there sin in your life that you need to confess? Is there someone in your life that you can regularly confess to?
- God promises healing and forgiveness if we confess our sins to one another and pray for one another.
- Do you know someone who is wandering from the truth?
- How might God be able to use you to bring them back?
- Church members have a special obligation to their local assembly. If someone in your church was wandering, would you know?