Prayer based on James 2

by henry glover
October 22, 2018

You can read James 2 here:


Lord of glory, I will show no partiality as I hold the faith in my Lord Jesus Christ. If a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, do not let me pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” nor should I say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet.” For doing so will make distinctions among your people, making me a judge with evil thoughts. God, you have chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, something you have promised to those who love you. I pray that I will not dishonor the poor man nor be like the rich unbelievers who oppress and drag into court. May I not be the one who blasphemes the honorable name of our Lord or his people.

Lord, I pray that I can do well by fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture that says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I do not want to show partiality and commit sin and be convicted by the law as a transgressor. For your word says, “whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” Guard me against adultery and murder yet help me understand that if I do not commit adultery but do murder, I have still become a transgressor of the law. Teach me to speak and act as one who is to be judged under the law of liberty. I pray that I am not someone without mercy, therefore, making my judgment without mercy.  Remind me, “mercy triumphs over judgment.”

My Lord, can my faith without works save me? If someone is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, it would be useless to reply “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body. Therefore, remind me that faith not accompanied by action is dead.

I pray for those who say, “you have faith and I have works,” rather, that they would understand that faith apart from works is dead and that works are the necessary result of faith. As I believe that God is one, remind me that even the demons believe—and shudder! Show both the foolish person and me that faith apart from works is useless. Like Abraham, who was justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar, make me like him so that I will see that faith is active along with my works, and faith is completed by my works. Just as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness; he was called a friend of God, may I be, too. I pray that I see that I am justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way that Rahab, the prostitute, was justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way, may I become a model of faith completed in works. I pray that my faith is not apart from works because like the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also would my faith be dead.

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