Is Anyone Among You Sick?

Text: James 5:14

Pray to God

  • The suffering are to pray (James 5:13) and can have others pray on their behalf (James 5:14)
  • It’s possible that one may not regain health, despite fervent, ongoing prayer (1 John 5:14-15)
  • Pray also has other benefits — reminds us of our reliance upon God (Matthew 6:7-8), peace of God (Philippians 4:6-7)

Take Care of Yourself

  • Rest (2 Timothy 4:20)
  • Medicines/remedies (Jeremiah 46:11; Luke 10:34; 1 Timothy 5:23)
  • Exercise (1 Timothy 4:8)
  • Seek physician (Matthew 9:12)

Call for Help

  • If others are to help, they must know of the need for help (James 5:14)
  • If we are called upon, we must be willing to help when we can (Galatians 6:10)

Remember What’s Important

  • Life is temporary (James 4:14) — heaven is eternal (John 3:16)
  • Suffering makes us long for heaven (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9)
  • Remain faithful in sickness (2 Kings 20:1-3)
  • If/when we face sickness to the point of death, be confident of your reward (2 Timothy 4:6-8) — requires faithfulness up to this point

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