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When I look at these 18 verses as a whole, it seems to be moving in one direction-we must pray (13). Prayer is simply talking and listening to God. The primary purpose of prayer is to exercise TRUST in the Lord. It’s interesting to note that in the case of nearly two-thirds of the prayers offered in the bible, the people praying already knew the answer but were praying anyway. Praying is trusting! When you pray, you are bending your heart along with your knee toward the Lord saying that you are trusting in Him for whatever it is that you are bringing before Him.
Here James is exhorting the believers who are trusting in something other than God or doing things in response to their life conditions other than trust. Let’s look at each one:1-Why pray (trust in God) when you can trust in your own riches?Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborerswho mowed your fields, andwhich has been withheld by you, cries out against you;and the outcry of those who did the harvestinghas reached the ears of the Lord of Sabbath. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man;he does not resist you. (James 5:1-6)
There is a horrendous responsibility on those who are rich. So, why pray when you can trust in your riches?