James 5:13 (ESV) says, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”
That’s the golden text of the day; indeed, we should pray in times of trouble, and praise when gladness is in our hearts—but must the two things, praise and prayer, be separate?
When you’re going through the many battles of life, is prayer the only thing you turn to? Have you reserved praise for the happy times? I believe that praise and prayer go together, because praise does not depend on temporary happiness, but unbreakable, unconditional joy!
Let’s go back to Acts 16 in the Bible, which holds the story of Paul and Silas being thrown into prison for freeing a slave girl of her demon, and eventually converting a jailer to Christ. The verses I want to focus on are 25-26 (ESV):
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.”
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