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Prayer With A Twist?

"And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven" (Jas.5:15).

The first part of today's verse is pretty self explanatory, but the second part makes it more difficult as James adds this; "and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven." Now lets make no mistake here, all of us are to ask the Lord to forgive us of sin, but the second part of the verse is right on the heels of the restoration of one who has been sick. Is James possibly equating that the reason someone is sick is related to his or her sins? Is there any other biblical precedent to back this up? Do you remember the story of the paralytic man who was lowered down from the roof on a palate to Jesus in the 5th chapter of Luke? Before Jesus healed him, having seen the faith of him and his friends, He said this; "Friend, your sins are forgiven." Lk.5:20). Is Jesus even hinting that the man's condition was related to or the result of his sins? Many contemporaries of both Jesus and his brother James did in fact associate disease with sin. Sometimes suffering was the result of sin, but neither Jesus nor James implied that all suffering was the direct result of sin. Rather, James said that along with the man's physical state, thought was given to his soul too.... The sick man's call for the elders of the church (Vs 14) suggested some degree of faith. James declares that if the man continued in obedient faith, his sins would be forgiven.... I think that Jesus' dealing with the paralytic man was just the same, a concern for his soul... To be sure, people may get injured from doing something sinful, the same way they can be hurt by accident. There are a few diseases out there that one might contact by the result of some sinful activity, but we cannot relate all disease to sin. I hope this clears up something that some folks have struggled with over the years.... We may suffer from time to time, but it is not always caused by our sins....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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