These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.


James 5:12-20: Making Others Whole

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of James.

Broken homes, shattered relationships, damaged emotions—we live in a fragmented and hurting world. As we see all the wounded people around us, we long to help, to offer a healing touch. James gives us very practical suggestions for helping people become whole.

Warming Up to God

God wants you to be whole. In what area are you struggling with emotional pain? Tell God how you want him to help you.

Read James 5:12-20

Discovering the Word

  • What different types of prayer are mentioned in verses 13-18?
  • In verses 14-16 James discusses physical and spiritual healing. What are the steps in this process?
  • How is physical healing connected with the forgiveness of sins?
  • How does the Old Testament prophet Elijah illustrate the effectiveness of prayer (vv. 17-18)?
  • According to verses 19-20, how, if at all, are we our brother's keeper?

Applying the Word

  • Do you pray more when you are in trouble or when things are going well? Explain.
  • How could you make one of the types of prayer James describes more a part of your life?
  • How can you help others become whole physically, emotionally or spiritually?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God for grace as you minister to others.

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