(James 5:13-15) “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.”
C.S. Lewis, theologian and author of the Narnia books, stated, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” So prayer, which is a God-given tool, is to be used every day! The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is directly speaking to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created that soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate how we feel, our emotions and our desires, with God, and to fellowship with him.
C.S. LEWIS on why he prays:
“I pray because I can’t help myself.
I pray because I’m helpless.
I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping.
It doesn’t change God, it changes me.”
We draw closer to God and he to us in conversation, so God answers our prayers, so God lifts us up, so we see miracles, so we are able to put our faith into action.
Many of us get so stressed out because we think we have to do life all by ourselves, but this is not true. We do not have to do this on our own. Our pride often keeps us from asking God for help with the things we face in life. Asking for wisdom and asking for help are signs of humility. God wants to help. Have you asked for help lately?
C.S. LEWIS stated, “Humility is not thinking LESS of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself LESS.”