As James writes in this passage below to the people of God, his entire letter is full of practical instruction and direct admonition. He is interested only in getting clear, candid counsel into the hands and hearts of believers. And when he comes to the matter of hardships—gut-wrenching, spirit-pounding, heart-crushing affliction—He gives his guidance in only three words: “you should pray.” I hope this message minsters to you today and have a wonderful day as you take everything to the Lord in prayer.
“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray….” James 5:13
“Is that it?” we might ask. What about formulating an exit strategy? What about checking all our options for circumventing the pain? What about gathering a support group to cheer us up and cheer us on? The greatest therapy, the surest solution, the sweetest healing that we will find, James says, is in fervent and honest and faith-full conversation with God. James is not suggesting a momentary, fleeting mention of our trial— in other words, continually be praying.
Perhaps you know what it is like to be so pressed by a sorrow or pain or trial that you pray, not only as you breath, but in order to be able to keep on breathing. There are times when God’s people truly find Him their only source of strength, of life, of purpose, and of joy. They pray, not because they have to, but because they can’t not pray.
Whether your affliction is earth-shattering or hardly-worth-mentioning, take your trial to God in prayer. And out of the fountain of close communion with your Father, will flow the calming, refreshing, restoring waters of spiritual renewal.