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James 5:15-18


15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

One of my FAVORITE parts of today’s scripture is: “Elijah was just a human like we are!!” That part! Sometimes we can feel so small & helpless compared to all the uncertainties around us! After all, We’re only human! But what’s impossible with man is always possible with God!! (Luke 18:27) The emphasis of prayer isn’t on the one who’s praying.. instead on the One we’re praying to!!! 

Praying to a God who holds more power in his pinky than any force known to man is a pretty big deal and a pretty awesome privilege, don’t you think! 

He controls the things beyond our control! He knows what’s best even when we don’t! 

Yes! Prayer is one of the most powerful tools we have. But what good is a tool, if we don’t use it. What good is having a key, if we rarely unlock the door way to the peace, the blessings & the relationship with God we so desperately need! Prayer gives us access to the divine, to the supernatural, to understanding, to clarity! It gives us access beyond our human nature and abilities! Access to a rich and flourishing relationship with Christ! 

Yes! Prayer is the way to reach the answer to our most profound needs. Prayer quiets the soul in the most difficult and adverse circumstances that we face. 
In times like these putting our trust in the hands of God, who is able to make the impossible become possible is KEY! God is able to do things outside our own rational comprehension & understanding!

He’s able to heal, save & deliver! 

And our passionate conversation with a loving & listening God has so much power!!
The effective, fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.
Meaning... our prayers are effective!! They’re powerful! 
Today we challenge you to pray with your loved ones!

Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the power of life & death is in our tongue!! So we challenge you today to speak life & pray out loud with the people you’re taking the Bible study challenge with! 


Take a couple moments to ask if anyone in your group or your challenge partner has any particular prayer request. 


Then everyone take turns praying until everyone in your group has prayed out loud.


Here are some prayer topic guides you can feel free to use during your prayer time. 

- You can Praise God for Who He 

- Thank God for what He’s done

- Ask God to keep, heal & protect your family & loved ones during the COVID19

- Pray for the world as we all face the COVID19 pandemic 

- You can also pray for all doctors, nurses, medical field & essential workers at this time.

- Pray for all students especially the class of 2020

- Pray for God to heal our land 

- Pray for our Pastor, First Lady & Church Family

- Pray to get closer to God during this time.

These are all suggestions to help your prayer time. But Please feel free to express what’s on YOUR heart! Prayer is personal. It doesn’t have to sound perfect! It just has to come from your heart!


God is excited to hear from you today!

The prayer of the righteous has MUCH power!

Let’s speak life!

In Jesus name!

We love you St John!

We'd love to hear from you! Tell us how The Lord spoke to you and your challenge group/ partner today! 

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St. John Baptist Church 400 N. 30th St. Camden NJ - Dr. Rev. Silas M. Townsend, Pastor