By Michael C. Mack
William Cowper said, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Read James 5:13-18.
What do humans usually do when we face each of these situations—when in trouble? when happy? when someone is sick? when we sin? when our nation is off course? How, in general, does James say we should respond?
Why is the prayer of a righteous person powerful and effective?
What connection does James make between faith and prayer? Why is this vital?
What is the significance that Elijah was a human being just like us? Why is he held up as an example for us to follow in prayer?
How specifically are your prayers connected to your cares? (For instance, how does your compassion for those who are in trouble, who are sick, or who are in sin affect how you pray?)
Why is confession to each other a necessary part of praying for one another to be healed?
What can you as a small group learn and/or change in regard to being in authentic, Christ-centered community? How will you pray about this?
Michael Mack leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).