James 5 has five themes, riches, patience, prayer, faith, and restoration. This week we will explore each of these and make pertinent application.
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:8)
When we are patient, we are persevering. We will have confidence and hope in life whatever we face because who we are in Christ.
Today we will look at prayer for the backslidden.
Prayer for the Backslidden (5:19-20) (Restoration)
5:19-21 Our call to help restore the stray sheep (Matt. 18:15)
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;20 let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
It is the responsibility of every believer, church member, and local church Pastor, to help restore the backslidden. Galatians 6:1-2 states, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Matthew 18:15-17 gives us the process we are to follow.
Unfortunately, believers are prone to ostracize the backslider. We distance ourselves and show no willingness to help. This is where believers need show the love of Christ. We need to live what we say we believe. We need to come along side and encourage them in God’s word, show them why they need to repent, and explain God’s mercy, love, and forgiveness. Remember, that could be you.
This concludes our study of James 5.
Beware how you deal with money
Be patient; the Lord is coming soon
Do not swear an oath
Pray for the afflicted, the sick, the nation, and the backslidden
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001