Real Troubles Should Produce Real Prayers – May 17, 2016
James 5:13, Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
Matthew 6:7, “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.”
“Reading a book about prayer, listening to lectures and talking about it is very good, but it won’t teach you to pray. You get nothing without exercise, without practice. I might listen for a year to a professor of music playing the most beautiful music, but that won’t teach me to play an instrument.” – Andrew Murray
This week we are taking a look at what James, the brother of Jesus, has to say about “Elite Level Prayers.” Yesterday, James said that any one of us can have “Elite Level Prayer.” He noted Elijah’s successful prayer, not because he was super human or even super spiritual, not at all. James simply said Elijah’s prayers were powerful because he prayed earnestly.
Not only can you enjoy a strong prayer life, you can pray for God’s comfort in your life. Every morning when your alarm goes off and you wake up, pray about whatever is worrying you. Read James 5:13, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.” Did you get that? Real troubles should produce real prayers. When you worry about your job, finances, family or health, spend time in prayer and give them to God. By giving your life issues to God, you admit that you are not big enough to fix the problem yourself, but you believe God is. Stop worrying, and simply say, “God, if I could fix it I would, but since I can’t, this problem is now in your court.” Then, ask God to either fix the problem or help you live with it.
So remember, pray about your troubles instead of worrying about them.
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D