Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
These are the simple words of James 5:13.
As Christians, it’s good to be aware of the various self-help strategies. But I think, oftentimes, God will let us be in a place where no amount of self-help will help. Where no amount of strategic thinking, leadership expertise, experience or teamwork will do. He brings us to this place, where we are exhausted of all our effort and intelligence and power…
…SO THAT, we can learn to rely on Him. So that our relationship with Him can go deeper, as we learn what it means to depend on Him.
I pleaded with Him to take it from me…THREE TIMES….but He said to me: My grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect and complete in weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12
Prayer is NOT the posture of power, but it is the posture of dependence. It is NOT the promise of safety, rescue or even changed circumstances, but it is the promise of being heard, known, loved. It is NOT the invitation of self-reliance, but it is the invitation for God’s will to be done.
Jesus, moments before the cross, prayed “God, please let this cup pass from me”….”but not My will, but Yours be done”
Shadrach, Meesach and Abednego, moments before being thrown into a furnace declared: “Our God is able to save….but even if He doesn’t we will not bow”
Moses, upon hearing that God would leave him, pleaded: “unless You are with us, we will not leave this place”.
When in trouble, pray.
See also: 2 Chronicles 20. Ezekiel 37. Isaiah 37.