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James 5:13-16

“Our Very Oxygen”

By: Rev. Ken Sauer, Pator of East Ridge UMC, Chattanooga, TN

Prayer is the very oxygen through which our souls breathe.

I remember driving on a snowy road as a teenager, and going a bit too fast.

A buddy of mine and I were heading to another friend’s house.

Suddenly, I hit an icy patch going around a curb and lost control of the car.

If this has ever happened to you; you know what I mean when I say it is a very odd and scary second or two.

For as the car is careening out of control, you are not yet hurt in any way…

…the heater is still blasting, the radio is still playing one of your favorite songs…

…your bottom is still safely secure in your seat…


…You know SOMETHING is going to happen to change all that, and it is going to happen fast!!!

I would imagine, that it is in these kinds of situations, that the most prayers are raised!

Well, we slid from one side of the road to the other…

…and then whoomf!!!!

We landed in the ditch.

But we weren’t hurt.

The first thing out of my friend’s mouth was, “Praise the Lord!”


…I’d been praying, but I had no idea that my friend had been praying as well.

James, the brother of Jesus, instructs us, “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.

Is anyone happy?

Let him sing songs of praise.”

Prayer is to be a continual exercise; it should be as habitual as breathing in and out.

Without it, our souls will suffocate!

Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the World, was in constant communication with God the Father.

In John Chapter 10 Jesus proclaims, “I and the Father are one,” and in the same passage He says, “the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

In Chapter 5 Jesus tells His listeners, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

Again, Jesus was in constant communication with God the Father, and because of Christ’s perfect obedience we too—are able to have unencumbered access to God the Father!!!

Paul proclaims in 1 Timothy Chapter 2: “there is one God and one mediator between God and [humankind], the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…”

It is only through constant prayer that we are able to even come close to walking hand in hand with Jesus.

In Galatians Chapter 5 Paul tells us, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Again, this is only possible through constant communication.

And the fruit of keeping in step with the Spirit of God is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

These are the attributes of God which are available to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

How amazing is the Christian journey!!!

As the famous hymn proclaims,

“What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear.

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry,

Everything to God in prayer.”

But notice, that these things are spiritual attributes; not necessarily physical.

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