James 5: 13-16, 19-20

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective…My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Sometimes when I’m not sure what to pray, I ask God to tell me; but these verses are simple.  Pray for those in trouble. Praise God when you’re happy. Pray for the sick and anoint them. Keep accountable and confess your sins to each other. Pray for each other. Pray together.

I can think of someone in trouble.
I can think of someone sick.
I can think of someone happy.

Tonight, in my prayers, I prayed for my sister. I prayed my sick grandmother and my uncle. I prayed for another uncle who is happy but is so far from our Lord. I confessed my sins. I asked for forgiveness. I praised him.

I confess that there was a nudge – a voice -telling me to call and pray with someone else, but I didn’t. Another voice responded, “maybe next time…”

But I thank God for giving me the prayer for tonight, for telling me who to pray for. It is so overwhelming to even attempt to ‘cover all the bases’, so I’m eleven more thankful that he is in control.


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