Reflection: James is leaving us in no doubt – pray, pray and pray. When we face difficulties, come to God in prayer. When our hearts are bubbling over with joy, let’s praise God. When we can’t hear God and wonder whether he is there…pray.
There is absolutely nothing we cannot pray about. God is listening. He is listening when we are broken. When we are confused. Even when we can no longer speak and have no words. God’s love is so great that he wants us with him no matter what is going on and how sinful we might feel. His love is without end. Note too, the communal nature of prayer, which is a challenge in times of social distancing and isolation, but still possible as we stay in touch with each other. When we gather in Christ’s name – even via technology – he is in our midst.
Prayer: Gracious God, I come before you with a contrite heart, my spirit talking with your Spirit. Please forgive me for my failure to pray. Help me to keep coming before you in prayer. You are my beloved Father who sent your Son to die for me. Thank you for your gift of grace. Amen