“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. ” (James 5:13a, NIV)

Prayer is not the first resource for many of us when we encounter trouble — although we keep it in reserve as a “last resort.” We want first to get free of trouble with our own resources (e. g. intelligence, cunning, friends, wealth. . .).

For the disciple of Jesus, our heavenly Father is not just our first resource, He is our only resource!

Trouble both hunts and haunts all of humanity.  Don’t be surprised when it comes.  However, when we run first to God, we will be amazed at how quickly trouble passes; and at our composure during the ordeal.  – Luther

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