Paul asks the Christians in Rome to "strive with [him] in prayer" as he perseveres in the good work of carrying relief to the Christians in Judea. In the same way, the work of prayer is a way to be with one another, working together even when many miles separate us.
The "prayer of faith" is the work of the faithful. So, James calls us in Jesus to confess our sins to one another so that we can pray effectively for one another.
Chuck Marshall, preacher for Northside Church of Christ in Farmington, NM, shares a message from Hebrews 3:7-19 during our combined worship Sunday evening.
Heart disease is the leading cause of natural death in the United States today, and it continues to be the leading cause of spiritual death. Chuck Marshall mines the mind of God in Hebrews 3 to help us know how to keep our hearts spiritually healthy.
Christians live in a world that seems to care less and less about being honest in the things they say. James reminds us that Christians must distinguish themselves as a people whose word can be trusted.
Jesus will return at any moment. When he comes, he will save his people from the troubles of this world forever. James urges us to hold on patiently, living and working in righteousness to the glory of God.
The Son of God became one of us when he became the human person Jesus. In Jesus we see the answer to the question, "What if God were in our shoes?" John puts this another way, "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us," (John 1:14). Therefore, by following Jesus' example the Word can become flesh in another way in us, too.