23rd May 2014

Praying In Prayer 

…in prayer he prayed…”
James 5:17 (Wycliffe Bible) 

When James wrote to his readers he referred them to Elijah. The translation from the Greek is that ‘in prayer’ Elijah ‘prayed’. That may sound repetitious, but sometimes, if we’re honest, we enter the space and time of prayer but we don’t pray. Is James saying that Elijah used prayer as an opportunity to pray? It would seem so. 

Do you ever experience disconnect when you pray? Perhaps you set aside a time for prayer, and have it in your mind what you would like to say, but, as you begin, your thoughts are all over the place, you become easily distracted as you mouth some words, and soon the minutes have gone by and in reality you have not actually prayed at all. James discusses how people may bring their health problems and other issues to the church for prayer. Such things happen today. When we are led in prayer in our congregations, we participate in God’s love for others by praying for them. Do we let our minds wander during public prayer, or do we join in the thoughts and words, and thus pray in prayer? 

This reminds me of a quotation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet – “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts do not to heaven go”. The idea is that in prayer our words and thoughts should be connected. 

Thankfully the effectiveness of our prayers does not depend on us. When it comes to prayer, “the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses” (Romans 8:26 NIV UK). Jesus prays to the Father, and it is in his prayer life that we participate through the Spirit. 

When you are in prayer – be it off and on through the day and/or at set times – use the moment to pray: participate through the Spirit in Christ’s prayers to the Father. 

Almighty Father, help us to pray in prayer through the Spirit of Jesus. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  This weekend James is speaking in our Camberwell and London churches.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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