- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read James 5
The writer of James concluded his letter to scattered Christians, churches (1:1), with three lessons to live out the faith.
Rich oppressors (1-6) — James wrote against exploitation by wealthy people, who were the landowners at his context who oppressed the poor tenure. Condemnation was that their wealth be rotten because the cry of the poor reached the ear of the Lord. God judged them on behalf of the cry of the poor.
Patience in suffering (7-12) —- Facing persecution, suffering, and hardship was the reality of life for the Christians in the first century, politically, culturally, and religiously (from Judaism). James exhorted them to stand firm in faith with patience. Farmers and story of Job were two example of being patience.
Prayer of faith (13-18) – This passage is cited by those churches that make a practice of anointing the sick. Elders refer to persons who hold office in the church. Olive oil was commonly used for medical remedy, and it was connected to divine healing with prayer.
“anointing prayer of healing for the sick,” is also modern practice to some faith community.
God’s mercy (19-20) — James concluded with divine mercy toward the retuned sinners. Also it calls for Christians to look for the lost, wanderer from God, and take them back to God.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.