“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” – James 5:13
When you are in the midst of a tough circumstance, what is the first thing you do? Do you run to your Heavenly Father, or do you run to someone or something else? What about when something really amazing happens in your life? Do you thank God for His blessing, or do you tell everyone you know first?
Regardless of what type of circumstance you’re up against, going to the Lord in prayer should be the first thing we do. We should never view prayer as a last resort. When you group prayer with worship and the Word of God, you have an arsenal that the Lord has placed in your hands to give you hope, to give you strength, and to give you direction in the midst of any circumstance.
Unfortunately, we don’t always prioritize and utilize prayer like we should. Many of us treat prayer like a spare tire or a AAA card. It’s there in case you need it, but you don’t plan on using it unless something goes wrong, in which case you pull out the spare tire or the AAA card to bail you out.
Prayer should be our constant practice and not an episodic occurrence when we experience hard times. If we only use prayer in case of emergencies, we are going to miss out on all that God can do in our lives and in us through prayer.
As James writes, we should pray in good times, in bad times, when we’re sick, when we’re grieving, when we’re happy, when we need forgiveness, and every other time under the sun. Every single situation we face in this life should be handled with prayer. So whatever you’re walking through today, let prayer be your first resort and not your last.