James 5:12-18 / Our Diagnosis

James is wrapping up his exhortation to the Church in James 5:12-18. He wants to address another speech issue (5:12) and the concept of prayer and its place in the life of the believer (5:13-18).

Use these questions below as you think through and meditate on the passage this week:

  • How does James address his readers yet again in 5:12?
  • How many things does James say we should not swear by in 5:12?
  • What’s his reasoning for avoiding oaths in 5:12?
  • How many reasons does James give for prayer or praise in 5:13-14?
  • How many times does James reference sin, confession or forgiveness of sin in 5:15-16?
  • Who does James reference as an example of a life lived in prayer in 5:17?
  • Why do you think James thought it necessary to give an example of prayer in 5:17-18?

As the Lord leads, read through James 5 this week. Meditate on James 5:12-18. Hide God’s Word in your heart as you memorize James 5:16.

Memory Verse: James 5:16, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Passage: James 5:12-18 (ESV)

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

[13] Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. [14] Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. [15] And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. [16] Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. [17] Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. [18] Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.