13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
- Recall a time when I came very close to wandering from the faith? Who helped bring me back? Spend some time revisit that experience and all my emotions then and now.
- Is God putting someone in my heart that is in the “wandering from the faith” situation as I was? How would I help him/her come back to the faith?
- Pray for the people in the church and in my cell. We are all broken people—physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc—and we need each other in the community of faith to pray that we might be healed. Ask God to give us a spirit of harmony, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, and love so that we would care for each other and witness God’s power.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
How to say “I’m sorry”? Have both children face each other and hold hands. The offending child says to the offended: “You are my brother/sister, I love you, please forgive me.” While still holding their hands, have the offended child say: “You are my brother /sister, I love you, I forgive you.” And they then embrace each other with a bear hug.