In Times of Trouble
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 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. 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.16 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.
Some people who find themselves in trouble will have different ways of handling the problems. In some extreme cases, they could resort to substance abuse or other destructive behaviors. Another way of handling it could be to complain about it, get advice from others or work on trying to find a solution to solve their troubles.
In the spiritual realm, James is reminding followers of Christ to pray about it. The world may pray if they are at the end of their rope. We should be praying all the time. Whether we are in trouble or joyful in singing songs of praise, prayer is our connection to the almighty God. It is not easy to always connect to God when we don’t do it often. It takes effort and focus, but our prayers need to be faithful as we patiently wait to find out how God will help us handle our troubles.