James began his letter speaking about the trials and temptations that Jewish believers were facing all over the world. He gives a series of duties and responses to those troubles. As we come to the end of the letter here in chapter 5 he seems to go into summary mode. If you are in trouble, pray. If you are happy, praise. If you have sinned, confess. These directives might seem simple but they are profound. In just a few words you have most of what you need to get along in life. Let us read these few words and find God’s plans for our lives.
13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be