I have told him how to proceed. IN TIMES OF SUFFERING, LET US "PRAY" (13) … Thus a man is sold over into bondage to this world. Nothing arbitrary in piety.2. How was it the ungovernable elements within it did not burst forth and shiver to pieces the vessel which contained them? The most ordinary of these excitements, at least in this country, is the pursuit of gain. It is wisdom to perform what is most seasonable.4. On the one hand, Roman Catholicism has made confession into a ritual. A new world of ideas was opened upon them, and the most astonishing objects presented to their faith. Here we see one very momentous use of prayer and praise to all of us; it breaks the current of worldly thoughts. The children of the Lord are "like trees planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth their fruit in due season" (Psalm 1:3). "Do you not know what God puts us on our backs for?" If we had always continued in the way of light and truth, obeying God from childhood, doubtless we should know little of those swellings and tumults of the soul which are so common among us. Griefs are eased by groans and utterance. Those who have earnestly and perseveringly tried will not be at a loss to know the advantage of obeying the precept. He must not expect it. Plummer, D. D.)Use of sicknessDuring Dr. Payson's last illness, a friend coming into his room said, "Well, I am sorry to see you lying there on your back." εὐθυμεῖ — is he right set, well hung on, as we say? It is the privilege of those who have been themselves cast into the furnace to give assurance of the Son of God walking with them in the midst of the fire. By this we become no more servants, but friends, not only believing, but knowing what God doeth; not only obeying, but working with Him, through Christ, in His work.5. Let him praise God; let holy David's psalter be as familiar words in his mouth, his daily service, ever repeated, yet ever new and ever sacred. Why should he expect it? (2) In prosperity it teaches praises. It takes us off from the clear contemplation of the next world, ruffles us, and makes us restless. Manton.1. Can it be that, as there are so many who rate the efficacy of drugs by their loathsomeness to the taste, so men would rather seek some painful process or mighty labour than the simple means which God's Word provides? )Prayer and praise v. oathsA. Plummer, D. D.(ver. Let this be well considered. If at any time the outward framework of Christianity was in jeopardy, surely it was then. εὐθυμεῖ — is he right set, well hung on, as we say? "Is any afflicted? First, let us consider secular excitements. If we had always continued in the way of light and truth, obeying God from childhood, doubtless we should know little of those swellings and tumults of the soul which are so common among us. And cursing is a kind of miserable prayer; a prayer for evil, and not for good; a prayer, in fact, to the evil one instead of God. Commentary, James 5:13-20, A.K.M. "Is any merry? Trapp.Gr. 12): — Prayer and praise, or (in one word) worship, according to St. James, is the Christian remedy for "allaying or carrying off the fever of the mind."(A. In a word, it is what we call an excitement of mind. The benefit of the rod is a fruit of the Divine grace, as well as the benefit of the Word. In speaking to Christian people, it is needless to say that prayer does not consist of words vaguely cast adrift with no clear end: prayer is a real speaking to a God who hears: a real asking Him for something, about which He will consider whether or not it be good for us: and then our asking, if it be good for us, will truly induce Him to give it us. (2)That we may ask constancy (Psalm 125:3). One of the most important and significant changes that has happened to me over the past 6 years concerns my prayer life. And what is this but struggling against God; wrestling with Him, but not as Jacob did; and, therefore, coming off from the contest crippled indeed, but without the blessing which the patriarch won? James 5:13-20. Let this be well considered. Awaken yourselves to this service; every new mercy calleth for a new song.7. This is but little, indeed, in itself; but it is much when compared with anything that any other comforter can give. 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