Faith Isn’t Magic

Re:Verse passage – James 5:12-18 (day six)

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. Jame 5:15

Pastor James is not encouraging some form of believe-ism, name it and claim it religion, or the power of positive confession, as if answered prayer is only limited by our imaginationsNope, not at all. James has already told us that our prayers aren’t answered because we ask with the wrong motives. No amount of confession or speaking-it-into-existence will change that.

What he does teach, is that we can go to a personal God who is more than able to forgive our sin and heal our sickness (sometimes the two are connected).

We put our faith in God, not our power to think something into existence, as if prayer uttered in “faith” is some form of magical incantation. Praying like that is more akin to witchcraft (control or manipulation of the natural world), than anything resembling the prayers of the faithful.

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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