The early church historian Eusebius gave an interesting fact about the author of this book. He indicated that James’ knees looked like that of a camel because of the amount of time spent in prayer. What a great testimony and example to us!
Perhaps that kind of prayer life moved James by the power of the Holy Spirit to close this book of wisdom on the subject of prayer.
How’s your prayer life? I have been asking myself that question a lot as of late. I suspect that more might have been written on prayer than any other discipline of our Christian lives. We certainly know of the importance of prayer as well as the way to pray. I am afraid that what we lack is the discipline to pray.
Notice the simplicity of James’ opening words about prayer. “Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. (Verse 13) We should pray.
As we pray, we must remember James’ closing word on prayer. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (Verse 16)
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.