A Bible Devotion

Monday, February 26, 2024

Are You In Trouble?

JAMES 5:13 NIV 13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

The Greek word translated as trouble in this verse means to suffer trouble, be afflicted, or to endure hardship or evil.

The best thing anyone facing trouble can do is pray. You don't have to know how, just pour out your heart to God and discuss the situation with Him.

We are tempted to do many other things: cry, complain, criticize others -- but Scripture says we should pray when we face tough problems.

Notice it does not say you should ask everyone else to pray for you. It says you should pray.

There is nothing wrong with having other people pray for you. But there is something wrong with expecting others to pray, while you never pray.

By praying, we do not mean begging God for help. God loves you, and always desires to assist you.

What is needed is not twisting God's arm to get Him to help. Usually a part of the answer is God getting us quiet enough for long enough so He can speak to our hearts and show us what needs to be done.

Sometimes we have missed it, and that is why we are in trouble. Other times, we may face trouble just because we live in a fallen world. But always, when we are in trouble, we need to know God's direction as to what to do.

Discuss your situation with the Lord. Lay it out in detail. Often just telling Him honestly about the situation will cause you to realize what should be done. Pour out your soul to the Lord, but also wait in His presence with thanks and praise. Let your heart and mind get quiet. Let God's peace overcome your turmoil and worry.

God tells us that if we will draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. This is why you should pray. You need God's help. He has the wisdom and knowledge to get you out of the trouble you face.

Direction may not come the first time you determine to seek God and pray. You may not seem to get the answer while you pray. But know this: God is working, and the answer is coming. So keep praying. Keep on drawing closer to God. Help will come.

JOHN 16:33 NIV 33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

SAY THIS: When I face trouble I will pray and draw near to God, and He will help me.


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