Is Anyone among You in Trouble?
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” (James 5:13 NIV)
In his New Testament letter, James asks a question: “Is anyone happy?” And he follows up with a suggestion: “Let [the person who is happy] sing songs of praise.” But notice how honest the Bible is: Right before that passage, James also asks, “Is anyone among you in trouble?” And he tells us what the person in trouble should do: “Let them pray.”
There are times in life when we go through deep valleys, or we’re wounded inside; and we need God’s help. The Bible is true to life, and it tells us that these seasons will come. But God also says, “No matter what you go through, when you call, I will answer. I will move on your behalf.” We just need to acknowledge our need of him and say, with the Psalmist, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer me” (Psalm 86:7).
Someone may be reading this, and you have a financial or housing need; or you’re in need of a job; or you have some physical ailment; or you’re suffering because of a wayward child or a wayward spouse. If you are among those who are in trouble today, bring your need to God with the confidence that he hears and answers prayer.
Dear Lord and heavenly Father, thank you for being a prayer-answering God. We are grateful that you invite us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). We lift up our hearts before you and call on your name today. Help us, Lord! We’re counting on you to fulfill your Word that tells us that you will meet all of our needs according to the riches of your glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). And it is in Jesus' precious name that we pray, Amen!
Read James 5:13-18.