Receive Answers to Prayer By Asking with Right Motives
Personal desires that waged war in peoples' souls caused fights and quarrels that lead to killing and coveting. They received legitimate desires by asking God with right motives. He did not answer prayers that focused on selfish pleasure since friendship with the world was hatred toward God. The indwelling Holy Spirit gave grace to the humble but opposed the proud (James 4:1-6). Receive answers to prayer by asking humbly with right motives.
Receive Exaltation by Submitting to God Without Judgment
Submission to God allowed one to resist the devil. He drew near to those who came to Him. Sinners who washed their hands and purified their hearts could grieve and mourn in humility before God so He could lift them up. Those who slandered or judged their brothers also disobeyed and judged the law. Since God was the one Lawgiver and Judge who could save and destroy, people were incapable of judging their neighbors (James 4:7-12). Receive exaltation by submitting to God humbly without judging your neighbor.
Prevent Sin By Submitting to God's Will
Those who said they would go to this city, spend a year, carry on business and make money did not know what would happen tomorrow. They should say if it was the Lord's will, they would live and do that. All boasting and bragging were evil. It was sin for those who knew the good thing and did not do it (James 4:13-17). Prevent sin by submitting to God's will and doing the good thing.
Prevent God's Judgment by Not Hoarding Wealth
Rich people should weep because their wealth rotted, moths ate their clothes and gold and silver corroded because they hoarded it in the last days. By failing to pay the workmen who mowed their fields, God heard their cries against the rich. They lived in luxury and self-indulgence, fattened themselves in the day of slaughter and condemned and murdered innocent men (James 5:1-6). Prevent God's judgment by not hoarding wealth or paying fair wages.
Receive God's Blessings By Persevering Without Grumbling
Be patient and stand firm because of the Lord's soon coming again. Prevent His judgment by not grumbling against others. Prophets who persevered like Job received blessings from a compassionate and merciful God. People who did what they said were not condemned (James 5:7-12). Receive God's blessings by persevering without grumbling and keeping your word.
Receive Healing by Praying for the Sick and Confessing Sins
The troubled should pray, the happy should praise God and the sick should call for elders to pray and be anointed with oil in His name. Prayer offered in faith made the sick person well and forgave his sin. The confession of sin and prayer for healing were empowered by the effective prayer of a righteous person. When Elijah prayed earnestly that it would not rain, it did not rain from three and a half years. When he prayed again, the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops. Whoever turned a sinner from his error saved him from death and covered a multitude of sins (James 5:13-20). Receive healing by praying for the sick and confessing your sins to one another.