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Summary: 1 of 2. James wanted his audience to consider the gravity of restorative prayer. The true Church must manifest a ministry of restorative prayer. But Why? Restorative prayer brings/provides...

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A MINISTRY of RESTORATIVE PRAYER-I—James 5:13-20

Attention:

After directory assistance gave Jennie her boyfriend’s new telephone number, she dialed him -- and a woman answered.

"Is Mike there?" Jennie asks confused.

"Umm, he’s in the shower," was the response.

"Please tell him his girlfriend called," Jennie said and hung up.

When he didn’t return the call, Jennie dialed again. This time a man answered. "This is Mike," he said.

"You’re not my boyfriend!" she exclaimed.

"I know," he replied. "That’s what I’ve been trying to tell my wife for the past half-hour."

Mike’s relationship with his wife needed restoration.

Likewise as Christians we all need a ministry of restoration.

Need:

Some of our membership get ‘out of sorts’ with the rest of us. They seem to drop out, don’t stay involved as they used to.

Some just seem to need help that I know the Lord can provide. Why does this happen? But more importantly, Can it be stopped?

In order for James’ audience to experience the fullness of life in Christ, a ministry of restorative prayer was necessary for his congregation.

James wanted his audience to consider the gravity of restorative prayer.

The true Church must manifest/demonstrate a ministry of restorative prayer.

Why must the true Church manifest/demonstrate a ministry of restorative prayer?

7 offerings from the ministry of restorative prayer.

engages/incorporates/provides

encourages/incorporates/involves

1—Restorative prayer offers...

RELIEF(:13a)

Explanation: (:13a)

:13—“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”

Regarding the “suffering” attributed to the faithful prophets & Christians, is our own spiritually derived hardship. If we are in the midst of it, then we must do as our predecessors & simply bring the personal burden before the Lord Himself.

“Suffering”(See :10, N. f.)—kakopayew—V.—1) To suffer (endure) evils (hardships, troubles); 2) To be afflicted. Strong—To undergo hardship:-- Be afflicted, endure afflictions (hardness), suffer trouble.

Both noun & verbal translated variously as “Suffering(s),” “Suffer Hardship,” “Affliction,” “Trouble.”

*Same as :10—“My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering & patience.”

“Pray”(See :14, 16, 17)—proseucomai—1) To offer prayers, to pray. Strong—middle voice of a primary verb; To wish; by implication, To pray to God:-- Pray, will, wish.

From—prov—(1) To the advantage of; 2) At, near, by; 3) To, towards, with, with regard to)....& —eucomai—1) to pray to God; 2) To wish, to pray, to pray for.

Argumentation:

2Chron. 33:9-13—“So Manasseh seduced Judah & the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the LORD spoke to Manasseh & his people, but they would not listen. Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks[in the nose], bound him with bronze fetters, & carried him off to Babylon[after 648BC when Assyria controlled Babylon]. Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, & humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, & prayed to Him; & He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, & brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.”


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