You Either Pray or You Praise; No Room For Depression

James 5:13 says,“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Life is like a see-saw; it goes up( the good times), and it goes down( the bad times). That’s the way it is. Some people have been driven to suicide because of the latter. Some have lost their faith because of the same. But what do we (who want to serve God forever) do? The Bible says in the above verse, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
This sums up our lives as Christians. As Christians we are not called to be buffeted by wherever life takes us.
“PRAY”
Whenever we go through bad times, we don’t have to go to anybody. We should pray to our Father in heaven.
Jesus depicted this clearly in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed to God in the time before His gruesome death. “If any one is in trouble let them pray.” PRAY, not complain, not give up, not darken other people’s doorsteps with our gloomy trouble, but to pray. Prayer takes our perspective from ourselves and unto God. Jesus was led to say, “Not my will, but Yours be done” when He prayed in a time of impending trouble. We are often tempted to try everything within our power to resist troubles when they come, and leave God as our last resort. But when we pray, we acknowledge that we are only so able, and leave everything in God’s capable Hands.
 “PRAISE”

Jesus provides another powerful example of living through happy times by praise: “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Luke 10:21, NIV)

Jesus being (more than just) happy showed His joy by praising God {Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5)}. That’s the way we are called to live. Either you are praying or you are praising at any particular moment of your life…

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