Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
I believe we would all agree that the most common prayer offered to God is the cry for help. When we face overwhelming circumstances and difficult decisions and find ourselves in trouble, it seems natural that we would pray. While that makes sense, the reality for many is that prayer is looked upon as the last resort. Only after we have exhausted our ability to seek solutions do we become desperate enough to call upon God.
James’s words speak to people who are caught up in the natural joys and trials of everyday life—people who recognize that “apart from [Jesus we] can do nothing” (John 15:5). Life’s trials and joys are a wonderful invitation to develop a life of total dependence on God as we make the journey. Struggling with anything in life? Pray. Celebrating good things? Pray. The invitation is to learn what it means to rely on God in every moment of daily living and to allow his presence to be made known in our hearts, attitudes, and actions.
Heavenly Father, I do not know the joy or the sorrow that this day will bring, but may I experience it all with you? I live this day desperate to hear your voice. Make me aware of your presence.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Scott Shaw, District Superintendent, Intermountain