Through Prayer and Praise
Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises.
Have you ever felt intense anguish of heart? That is the time to pray. Many people look for someone to whom they can pour their sorrows, and that is exactly who God wants to be for us. Others often shut down and bury their feelings, falling into depression. For these people, there is no hope. God is our hope, and He wants us to come to Him in these times. There is nothing too great for Him to answer, and there is nothing too small that is not important to Him. If it causes us anguish, it is serious enough to take to Him. Prayer allows us to release those negative emotions into God’s positive hands and get His perspective on the entire matter. He sees the beginning from the end and can intervene in a way that is always in our best interest.
Have you ever been so excited and cheerful that it just spilled over into everything you did? These are the times to sing praises to God. He brings the delightful times into our lives, and giving Him praise is the best response we can make. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him, and we can only appreciate it more when we give Him the glory for it. When praise comes naturally, it is most enjoyable!
Whether today finds you suffering or cheerful, let it be known to God. He can turn the darkest times around and make the cheerful times even brighter. When our natural inclination is to turn to Him in whatever state we find ourselves, we know we have a relationship and not just religion. He wants to hear from you today, so make sure to make Him a priority. He made you a priority by sending Jesus, and a little conversation with Him will make your whole day better.
Have a blessed day!