The Fifth Sunday in Lent

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 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 him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. ~ James 5:13-18 (NASB)

Lord God, You call us to prayer, to conversations of faith with You, and You call us to confess our sins to each other and to pray for one another. It’s so easy to get caught up in praying for my own needs and desires, but You want me to pray for my brothers and sisters. Open my eyes to the needs of those around me, and fill me with love and concern for all of Your children. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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