Pray at all times
Today's devotion is based on James 5:13, "Anyone who is having trouble should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises."
There is no situation where you can't pray. While 'having troubles' and being 'happy' don't cover every circumstance, in the context, they get pretty close. Think about it for a moment. Which one would you say is easier: to pray when in trouble or to pray when happy? I imagine you could make a case for either.
In theory, when you are happy, the praises should flow automatically. But, of course, when we are doing well, whatever form that may take, it is often easier to forget about God.
In theory, prayer should be the first thing to happen when you are in trouble. But again, we can look to other solutions, our own devices, and the help of experts. Quite often, God is forgotten.
How better to appreciate what God has given you; a beautiful sunset, a new child, a restored relationship, a house to live in, food on the table (at home or in a restaurant!), than to praise God, the giver of all blessings.
What comfort there is in offering our troubled situation, whatever it is – job loss, relationship breakdown, study struggles, no home to go to, grief – then bringing it to the Lord in prayer. What a friend we have in Jesus, indeed! Pray and sing praises; live in God's presence continually.
Please pray with me; Thank you, Jesus, that you know our every need. Even when we forget you, you are rejoicing with us and drawing us closer to you. All praise to you. Amen.