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September 23, 1994

Praying in Every Circumstance

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Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray…. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. JAMES 5:13, 16
We have two options when we’re faced with days of difficulty, distress, and trouble. We resort to complaining, doubting God, or talking behind His back (as if that were even possible); or we can pray.
No situation or circumstance in life is out of bounds when it comes to communication with God. No matter how bad the difficulty or how great the success, the correct response is to talk to Him about it.
There are no exceptions.
When we’re in trouble, we should pray for deliverance (James 5:13). When we’re happy, we should offer prayers of praise (v. 13). When we’re sick, we should pray for healing (v. 14). When we sin, we should pray for forgiveness (v. 16).
Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to pray. It’s easy to hold all our troubles within and think we can get through them on our own. But that only turns us into bitter people who eventually blow up at the slightest provocation. It’s also easy to turn outward and dump all our problems on other people. But that can backfire, too. Our friends and coworkers may tire of hearing about all our difficulties, or they may give us bad advice about how to resolve them.
Again, the only correct response is to turn upward and respond in prayer and praise.
How do you handle difficult days at work? Do you attempt to carry the burdens all by yourself, or do you bring them to Jesus and ask Him to carry you through?

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