Our 59th county to pray for in South Dakota is Sully County, with the city of Onida being the county seat. We release the book of James to Sully County. The message of James is "Be a victor - not a victim," as tremendous emphasis is put on wisdom and maturity in God. Utilizing wisdom similar to that found in Proverbs, James develops the theme of characteristics of true faith. James deals with five basic problems faced by all Christians: impatience in difficulties (1:1-14), talking but not living the truth (2:14), control of the tongue (3:1), fighting and coveting (4:1), and collecting material toys (5:1). In chapter 5, James says that money talks and prayer talks. It deals with trouble and has many prayers in this chapter. A mature Christian knows what to do in trouble - Pray!
Jesus is our wisdom for Christian maturity. James refers to Him as the "Lord Jesus Christ" (James 1:1, 2:1) and anticipates His Second Coming (James 5:7, 8). James is a wonderful book to lead Christians into spiritual maturity. James wants you to look into the Word, see the truth, and not turn your back upon it. Receive God's Word, and let it work in your life. James is a powerful book, a book of wisdom for daily living.
Thank you Father, that the people of Sully County are doers of your Word and not hearers only, moving in Your great wisdom and authority. And that Your people in Sully County, are people of prayer.
"But who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the Word, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:25). "But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves" (James 1:22).
Father we pray in the name of Jesus, that the people of Sully County will continue to draw near and submit to You. And in humility walk in Your ways and not the ways of the world.
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Dray near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hand, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. . . . Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:7-8, 10).
Father we pray that the people in Sully County will move in the prayer of faith with healing and miracles in Your dynamic faith moving in dynamic works. "Is anyone among you sick? . . . pray over him . . . And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up . . ." (James 5:13-15).
We declare over Sully County, Let the Life of Holy Spirit bring faith's works alive in you!