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Keys to Healing the Sick (17 of 17)
Series: The Epistle of James
Every great church! Every church that is used of God! Every church that sees souls saved! Every church that sees lives changed! Every church that goes into all the world, preaching the Gospel to every creature ... has three ingredients:
"Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray!" If there is no prayer, there is no church. If there is no prayer, there is no power. If there is no prayer, there is no salvation, spiritual growth, anointing, blessing. If there is no prayer, there is no unity of the Spirit. People who pray together, stay together. You show me the Prayer Meeting, and I'll show you the Church. Spurgeon had a great church. If he preached in a building that would hold 5,000, there were 5,000 present. If he preached in a building that held 20,000, there were 20,000 present. Why? Whenever he preached, there were 500 men in the basement praying all the way through the service.
The Church needs preaching. God has chosen by "the foolishness of preaching, to save those that believe." We are to "preach Jesus Christ and him crucified." He is the message. But there is one thing more important than preaching, and it is prayer. At Pentecost before Peter preached, they prayed. You get the prayer, you will get the preacher. If God's people pray, He will take the junior highers and turn them into preachers. Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray! There is no true Church of Christ on earth without prayer.
"Is anyone cheerful, let him sing praises." You can't have a great church without singing praises unto the Lord. Great singing brings great joy, and great joy brings great strength. Singing out of pure hearts is worship. In these latter generations we have reduced singing praises to religious entertainment. We have, today, professional Christian singers. There is nothing wrong with that, up to a point. But the whole body of the church must sing unto the Lor ...
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