I first read through the opening chapter of James' letter and wondered if all his allusions were taken from the New Testament. No. In that first chapter my New King James Version (with the centre column containing page cross-references) lists the Old Testament books of: I Kings, Jeremiah, Job, Numbers, Proverbs and Isaiah, and New Testament books: Acts, II Peter, Romans, Matthew, Mark James, I Corinthians, John, Ephesians, Colossians and Luke. This man knew the whole Bible and was able to put his own imprint upon it. How beautifully the translators from the Greek have given it to us in English.
Now I have read it all. James is telling us in every verse how to be a Christian; not to have faith without works. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20).
Patience is a prominent theme for James. We are also told to watch what we say. And, at last we are told of the effectiveness of prayer. “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray; Is any merry? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13). Ask the elders of the church to pray for us when we are sick. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (5:16).
Let us pray!Joyce Voysey