Theme: Adventures in Prayer
Title: “Praying for the Sick”
Text: James 5:13-16
WELCOME: Select one only…
- Do you think healing miracles still happen today? Why or why not?
- Have you ever prayed over someone who was sick or had someone prayed over you? What was the experience like?
- Comment on this. “The greatest tragedy is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.”
WORD: Select only questions that are appropriate to your group. Be creative. You can create your
own relevant questions.
- Study Questions. Read James 5:13-16
- What three life situations does James deal with here? What does James call the believer in each situation to do, vv.13-14?
- Compare these Scriptures with vv.13-14. What insights do you find in these verses?
- 1 Thess. 5:17; Psalm 34:1; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16
- What is the sick believer to do and what will be the result, vv.14-15?
- In the healing prayer, what is the role of oil? What is the role of the prayer of faith? What is the role of confession of sins? vv.14-16 [Note: Not all sickness results from sin.]
- Discovery Questions:
- How did Jesus’ healing ministry address people’s needs?
- Describe some obstacles that often hinder you from turning to God in prayer.
- Why do you think many people are afraid to ask God for miraculous healing? Do you think God’s will is to heal?
- Do you believe there’s a connection between spiritual health and physical health? Explain.
- Putting into practice:
- Memorize: James 5:14-15
- What is God’s message to you in this study?
- What will you do this week to put your faith in Jesus’ willingness to heal into action?
- What results do you expect?
We do the praying, and God does the healing, in His own time, in His own way, according to His own will. We are to pray trustfully, earnestly, unitedly, submissively, and with all the faith God gives. If we do our part, God cannot fail to do His. Jesus still heals today!
- Pray for your plans and goals.
- Pray for the sick in your group (include loved ones).
- Pray for one another’s concern.