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Who Are You Walking With?

James 5:13-18

Verse 13a Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

We have already said that our prayer life in times of trouble reflects our relationship with God. Today we are going to see how having a proper relationship with God changes how we look at the troubles of life.

Those who don’t have a personal relationship with God will pray as if He is a vending machine when the trials of life come along. They just plead that God give them the easier path that they desire and to take away any kind of trouble. They don’t care about the trouble and view it as a pure annoyance. They don’t want it and tend to think that God should take it away from them if He is indeed a loving God. But they don’t know His character like we should.

As God’s children we should know His character and therefore know that any trouble that comes our way is for His ultimate purpose. This isn’t to say that we should just blindly rejoice at every trial that comes our way. No, we should actually desire to see what God could be doing in it. That is where the prayer of a true relationship comes into play in our lives.

Knowing that God is indeed a loving Father we can know that He only has our ultimate good at the base of all He is doing in our lives. Even when the trials that come are a result of our own sinful behavior, we can know that He has a plan in them. There is nothing that comes into our lives that is outside His ability to use. But this is only something we can know as true when we know Him as more than just a God-head.

When we know Him in a personal way we can talk to Him as Job did during his trials. We can ask why and while we may not get an answer right away we can know as Job did that God is faithful and He has His reasons. And those reasons will always benefit us spiritually and will work for the good of His Kingdom.

The other thing that we gain from going to God in relational prayer during a trial is the reminder that He is with us. He doesn’t push us away during our troubles. No, He is as close as we need Him to be. If we aren’t seeing Him, it isn’t because He isn’t there. It is more likely that we need to address what our relationship is with Him.

Making It Personal

Do you only seek God in prayer during the trials of life? What can be done to build your relationship with Him? What trial do have deep feelings about that you need to be honest with Him about today?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you like to talk to Jesus? Is it hard to tell Jesus all that you are feeling? What should you be honest with Jesus about today?

Closing Prayer

Father, we should never be ashamed to come to You as our Father during the troubles we face. Father, help us to know how to build a relationship with You so that we have constant, healthy communication with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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