The Prayer
of Faith


Friday Reflection


5th March 2021

...Let us then approach...

13 Is anyone among you in trouble?
   Let them pray.
   Is anyone happy?
   Let them sing songs of praise.

15 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.

.....James 5:13,15

As Christians prayer is the greatest,
but most frequently ignored privilege.
God had granted each of us,
his children,
direct access to bring our burdens,
hopes, fears, plans and desires to him.

Jesus can sympathise with our
weaknesses because,
as the writer of Hebrews put it;

   we have one [Jesus]
   who has been tempted in every way,
   just as we are - yet he did not sin.

16 Let us then approach God's throne
   of grace with confidence,
   so that we may receive mercy
   and find grace to help us
   in our time of need.'

.....4:15b -16

Over and over in Scripture
God urges us to draw near to him,
but for various reasons,
we are too reluctant to act on
this open invitation.

For many of us,
the idea of watching an hour our
television seems routine,
but the thought of an hour of prayer
seems extraordinary.
Yet the benefits of open
communication with the
God of grace is enormous.

One of the benefits is the
strength it provides in
times of trouble.
But James urges us to turn
to the Lord not only during times
of sorrow and trouble but also in
times of happiness and success.

13 'Is anyone among you in trouble?
    Let them pray. Is anyone happy?
    Let them sing songs of praise.'

....James 5:13

When we experience emptiness,
distress and weakness we should

'cast all our anxieties on God,
 knowing that he cares for us'

....(1 Peter 5:7).

When we experience joy and happiness
James tells us to 'sing praises to God' (5:13)
and Ephesians 5:19 says;

'Singing and making melody with
 your hearts to the Lord.'

Music enhances individual
and corporate worship because
it lifts the heart and helps
us pour out our emotions to God.

Whether we are cheerful or sad,
healthy or sick,
God wants us to draw closer to him
and prayer helps us to do this.

In his letter to the Philippians
Paul sums up this thought:

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.


And continues;

    I have learned the secret of
    being content in any and
    every situation, whether well fed
    or hungry, whether living in plenty
    or in want.

13 I can do all this through him
    who gives me strength.

.... (12b,13)

We, too, are offered this gift
of peace and contentment through Jesus.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Sweet hour of prayer'
sung by The Vagle Brothers
(with lyrics)'
via the link shown below.