Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
GOT A MINUTE? According to James, there are 4 things you can do instead of prayer. The first was “Why pray, when you have enough to pay your way?” Today, let’s look at the other three things to do instead of praying.
2-Why pray (trust in God) when you can worry with impatience?Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)James urges those who are impatiently stewing in their worries to pay attention to how life works. Check out the farmer. The farmer waits! The Lord will come through on your behalf and you must wait.
3-Why pray (trust in God) when you can complain against one another?Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and ismerciful.(James 5:9-11)Impatience and worry will inevitably produce a constant flow of complaining. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy and NOTE Jesus, the Judge, is standing right at your door listening to all of your complaints and stewing.
4-Why pray (trust in God) when you can make deals (swear oaths) that trick people into something you want?But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. (James 5:12)
To do anything other than prayer is to resist putting your trust in God and doing your best to trust in your own ways. Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to turn to prayer…really!