This is what God gave me today in His word:
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. (James 5:13)
James presents such an easy seeming way to stop suffering: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” That’s it; that’s all he says on the matter. He gives two sentences to the entire, world-wide problem of suffering, and moves on. Could overcoming suffering really be so easy as praying?
Suffering is an extremely general term. Someone can be suffering because they’re in pain, because they’ve lost a loved one, because they’re being teased, or many other possibilities. However, James gives one cure for all of them: prayer. Yes, suffering is very real, and yes, it’s very painful (sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally), but prayer is the cure for it. But, why is that?
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
We have a high priest who can sympathize with; He’s gone through the same thing! That’s the reason prayer is the answer to suffering. Jesus has suffered far more than anyone else has or ever will, and He’s the one we’re praying to (the father and the son are one, remember), thus you can be sure that He will help you with through your suffering:
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10)
Something we need to realize when we talk about suffering, is that it’s temporary. All suffering in temporary, and will one day end. Either it’ll end on this Earth, or we’ll die and go to Heaven, where we’ll never suffer again. God is a merciful God, in fact, He’s “the God of all grace.” He won’t let any of His children suffer too long; though He will let them suffer, to teach them lessons.
You are Loved!
Note to my teacher, who I suspect will check for plagiarism: Hi, Mrs. Sellman, this is my (Joshua Cleveland’s) blog… I decided to take one of my posts and use it for the writing sample you asked us for, which of course is why the writing sample is very similar to this post.