by Jerry Vines

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Just Keep on Praying (21 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 5:16b-18

Church tradition says that James was known as ''Old Camel Knees.'' They say he was known by that name because he spent so much time in prayer that his knees became hard and calloused like a camel.

James was indeed a man of prayer. He had a great deal to say about prayer in this book. You will notice in the first chapter, the fifth verse, he introduces the subject of prayer. He says, ''If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.''

In the fifth chapter he talks about the matter of prayer. For instance, in this very context of the verses we are studying tonight in verse 13, ''Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.'' Verse 14 says, ''Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray.'' Verse 15 says, ''And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.'' James has a great deal to say about the subject of prayer.

I want to talk with you this evening about the matter of prayer. Sometimes people ask me about my ministry and the years of my ministry and would I do anything different if I had to do it all over again. Almost, without fail, I say that one of the things I would do differently if I had it to do over again, I would spend a lot more time in prayer.

I want to talk with you about this matter of prayer, your prayers. Do you pray? When do you pray? Do you get answers to your prayers? The Lord Jesus talked to us about prayer on many occasions. One time Jesus said about prayer, ''Ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.''

I'm always impressed by the statement of the disciples who came to Jesus on one occasion. Remember that they had been with the Lord about three and a half years. They had seen Jesus Christ do many things. They heard Him say many things.

They came to the Lord Jesus and said to Him, ''Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.'' Isn't that ...

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