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“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him” (James 5:14-15).

The concern is to go deeper than just a quick prayer or word of encouragement.  As the Lord has invested Himself in us, we are to invest ourselves in others.  Be guided in the goodness of the Lord to learn how to care for the members of your extended family.  Learn how to love your neighbor as yourself.  This is a part of what the Lord is doing as He brings you into conformity to Him.

Lord, help me to be aware and intentional about this faith You have given me.  Guide me in Your goodness to learn how to truly care for those around me.  Show me the need and then help me learn how to meet that need.  Guide me Lord in the way of everlasting life.  Lead me according to Your word to fulfill Your will and live in the righteousness You have shown me.

Lord Jesus, throughout Your earthly ministry You did these things.  You are now asking me to step up and do the same.  Guide me in order that I might truly be one who completes the ministry You have given me to do.  Let me not just talk about my faith but live it and carry it out through the ministry You give me.  Teach me how to love my neighbor as You have loved me.  Guide me always in the way of righteousness.  Amen.