13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
Today’s devotional reminds me that we can all be on different walks of life right now. Where I could be in a place of trouble, you could be in a place of praise, and there are others who may be sick, in their bodies, or their souls.
I don’t know where you are today. I don’t know if you suffer from anxiety or depression. I don’t know if you are sad or confused because you are unsure of the choices you should make in school, in your career, in your family, or in your business. Maybe you’re happy, oh so happy because you’re in a season where you’re reaping all that you’ve sowed.
Where ever you find yourself, you can connect with Him. He wants you to lean on Him during all of your seasons in life: the troubling ones and the happy ones.
If you need direction, pray. There is power in prayer. If you are happy and in a state of pure gratitude, praise Him. There are so many great songs to sing along to when you are praising Him, thanking Him.
Here are four ways you can apply prayer and worship in your daily life.
1 . Worship in the Car – this is one of my favorite times to do so. Just me, God, and the open road. Maybe you’re never in the car alone; that’s okay, play worship music with your loved ones. It allows the room for the entire family to partake in a nice worship session.
2. Read Your Bible – read stories and do the SOAP method. It’s kind of what we do here. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer – It’s good to clean yourself every morning or right before you go to bed. I know this devotional was created and works for us because we are busy people, but maybe you can try and find one night of the week to reading scripture on your own. This leads me to point number
3. Schedule Your Time – This right here will save you so many hours. It will help you take back the time you spend aimlessly scrolling or watching TV. Block out your schedule, put locks on your apps. Hey, I have a 1-hour time block on Tik Tok. I needed it. It’s okay to come to those realizations. If you play video games, the same thing applies. If you have a schedule and a routine, it’s hard to break it. Every morning I wake up at the same time, and I produce this show. It’s a daily habit at this point.
4. Pray before bed – make it a habit to say the words, “Jesus, thank you for everything you did today, I love you,” right before you go to bed. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer, just enough where you know and are constantly reminded of who protected you all day and who gives you breath in the mornings.
Father God, we thank you for giving us all a safe place to shelter in. Your presence is all we want, Lord. In the troubling times, in the happy times, if we are sick or just in need of a friend, you are the person we want to be with. We thank you in advance for the opportunities we get to worship you in the car, read scripture, and pray before bed. We ask for a little extra help when it comes to scheduling our time and creating systems and habits that work for our unique situations. We ask that you bless the day ahead of us. It is with everything in us that we pray, Amen!