Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise James 5:13
Other versions of this verse read:
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. (ESV)
Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. (MSG)
Which is harder for you to do, pray when you are hurting or sing when you are happy?
It seems as if we have become so dependent on ourselves to meet our own needs that we have stopped praising the one who supplies those needs. It isn’t that we can’t sing songs of praise when we are happy, it’s that we don’t even think about it. I don’t know about you, but I find that a little scary. I go to God when I am hurting, but when I am happy, I rarely sing His praises, and if I’m being honest I’ll give myself the praise for being happy instead of the one who supplies ALL needs, including my emotional needs.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Another reason we may not also praise God and sing is sometimes it’s easier to tell someone what they are doing wrong or what is missing, instead of praising them for what they are doing right. Being hyper-focused on the negative around you doesn’t just affect your life, but it affects your prayers too.
Notice that when you seek out the good, you find the good, and when you look for (or in my case, dwell about) the bad you find the bad.
The same thing goes for our prayers, when we look for what’s missing, that’s what we focus our prayers on instead of giving thanks and praising God for the many blessings he’s provided.
In the Lords Prayer we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”, which means give us everything we need to get through the day. We tend to think that having our needs met relates only to physical needs, like a house, a job, financial stability, but they also relate to emotional needs and spiritual needs.
There are two things that help us to remember to praise him and sing:
- listening to worship music- when I soak myself in worship music throughout the day it becomes easier to sing/ pray praises to Him.
- maintaining a gratitude list or journal- instead of focusing on what is wrong or going bad, I can record the many blessings he has given me, even in the midst of this difficult season.
Daily Focus Question(s):
What can you do to make sure that your prayers are not just based on needs, but also based on praises? Can you focus your prayers on the things God has given you instead of the things you still don’t have?
Until Tomorrow! XOXO