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Thursday, May 25, 2017

James 5:13

 
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
James 5:13

James gives us the two ends of the spectrum. Suffering, or affliction, can be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual and can include: disease or discouragement; doubt or anxiety; or financial hardship or relationship conflicts. The response? "We must pray." Yet we usually wait until things spin out of control and then God gets His call. Prayer seems to be the last option or we treat it like a time waster. Far too often we determine we can't possibly take the time to pray because we're too busy working at solving the problem. But prayer IS the solution to the problem. Everything we do must start with prayer. It doesn't mean God will immediately end the affliction. He never promises to bring relief, but He does promise to provide patience and perseverance. Not from trails but through trials.

Whether the affliction is finally lifted or not, it's time to praise. The opposite end of the spectrum is cheerfulness. The proper response is to sing praise. James sees praise as another form of prayer, lifting our hearts in worship, thanksgiving, and honor to God for who He is and for what He has done.

Prayer and praise, hand in hand,

Pastor Gerard Deleeuw

 

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