Prayer and Faith

James 5:16 ‘...The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.’

God has to balance privileges with responsibilities and blessings with sufferings, otherwise we can become spoiled, pampered children. God’s will is something we may never fully understand but it is something we need to absolutely trust God for in our lives.

In the Book of Job, chapters 1-3, we see Job’s Distress as he loses his wealth, family and health in great suffering. In Chapters 4-31 we see Job’s Defence as he debates against his well-meaning but erroneous friends. In Chapter 32-38 we see Job’s Deliverance as God humbles Job and then blesses him with twice as much as he had before.

Job suffered, and despite times of doubt, Job was patient and he endured the whole ordeal in prayer – trusting that God was in control.

James uses Job as an example, even though Job did not understand why this suffering was happening to him, he still remained patient and firm. Job understood God would never allow his children to suffer needlessly. God’s will for our lives is far bigger than we can see or understand.

So when we are suffering, remember Job, remember to be patient in prayer. Instead of complaining about our situation, bring it to God in prayer which is the highest and most holy privilege, but also a mark of Christian maturity.

James 5:16 ‘...The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.’

1 Thess 5:16 ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

 

Tony

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