Dr. Jerry Vines
There are many words for prayer in the Bible. Some of them have to do with prayer in general. This particular word here in James 5 means prayer for specific needs. I thought about young couples, just getting married, and how many things they have to pray for. Praying about a job; praying about the need for an increase in salary. Then as God gives children your prayers will increase as you begin to pray specifically for the needs of your children. All of us who live life as it has to be lived every day get very interested in this matter of answered prayer. James is especially helpful in the subject of prayer because he was known in church history as ''old camel's knees.''
James bears such a great man of prayer, and spent so much time on his knees in prayer that his knees became hard and as callused as a camel's. So they called him ''old camel's knees.'' He was a great man of prayer. You can't read this book he has written without knowing he is a man of prayer. In the first chapter, verse 5 - ''If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.'' verse 6 - ''Let him ask in faith.'' James 4:2 - ''You have not because you ask not. You ask and receive not because you ask amiss.'' James 5:13 - ''Is any among you afflicted, let him pray.'' verse 14 - ''Is any sick among you, call for the elders and let them pray.'' Verse 15 - ''And the prayer of faith...'' Verse 16 - ''Pray one for another.'' Now he says the ''effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 2 availeth much.''
So James is a very good teacher on the subject of prayer. There are no Phds in the school of prayer. No one has ever arrived or has graduated from the school of prayer. James would be very much like the disciples of Jesus when they came to Jesus on one occasion. They said to him: ''Lord, teach us to pray.'' He didn't say, ''Lord, teach us to preach.'' As important as that may be. He didn't say, ''Lord, teach us to witness.'' Vital as that is. B ...
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