Week 4, Friday, James 5:13


by, Pastor Sunil Balasundaram

Go to James 5:13

(Please read the passage before, or after, reading the devotion.)


James comes to an essential aspect in the “maturity and wholeness” in the life of a follower of Christ – prayer and praise: communing with God, conversing, listening, asking, being enthralled by the wonderful-ness of Him! Yes, there is suffering: Jeremiah faced opposition, Ezekiel personal grief, Hosea a broken marriage. There are also times of immense goodness and blessing. We can either be bitter because of the former, or become complacent with the latter. James reminds us that when we truly pray and praise, we are looking past the circumstances to a loving and all-powerful God whose relationship and will is central to our lives. In suffering prayer believes that God is still in control and His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). In blessing we praise and rejoice in the Giver of good gifts. [Check out Paul’s similar attitude in Philippians 4:12-13]


How I yearn for that spirit of prayer and praise Lord. I want to make you Jesus, central in my life, so that every circumstance will be an opportunity to turn to you – whether I am hurting, or when I feel the fullness of Your blessing. I want to be able to pray like the Psalmist: “What else do I have in heaven but you? Since I have you, what else could I want on earth? …God…is all I ever need” (Psalm 73:25-26, GNT). Amen.

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