November 13, 2015

James 5:13-16

In community, not in isolation, God brings healing. Today’s Scripture encourages every individual to pray and praise, no matter what the situation, good or bad. The church is specifically called upon to pray for those who are sick. 5:17 admonishes us to confess our sins and pray for one another to usher in healing. During times of depression, anxiety or mental illness, our natural response is to insulate ourselves from family and friends. We may go months or years before ever admitting the truth. However, Scripture is clear. The church is a source of strength and hope. In times of need, take time to pray, praise, and call on others for prayer. And the Lord will provide healing according to his plan. Maybe you are not someone who has struggled with mental illness. Perhaps your role is to be the church and pray for others who are struggling.