James the Just was a fascinating man. A step brother to Jesus, he at first did not believe his family member was the Messiah. Eventually he believed and became a powerful and influential leader of the church in Jerusalem. The Apostles clearly held him in high esteem, despite him not being one of the 12.
He also wrote an epistle we know as James, and perhaps other than Romans, no epistle is as deeply challenging to me as it. (Read James 3. Go ahead. I’ll be here.)
See! I’ll never speak again!
All kidding aside, what James tells us in the fifth chapter is very important to me right now. There’s a lot weighing on my heart, and so I cling to this:
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 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. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Lord, guide my heart to simply bring these concerns to you first.
Jesus, come quickly.