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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 22, 2014

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SATURDAY, November 22

James 5:13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray.

Ever had one of those days? One of those days when everything seems to fall off the rails and nothing seems to go your way? We all have, I suspect, and we will likely have them again. Perhaps you’re having one of those days today, or you might have had one recently. I find these days are their own special kind of suffering. No, they may not merit the intensity of religious persecution, extreme poverty, or living in a war zone. But they eat away at our souls and wear us thin.

I’ve often found on these woeful days, when it seems that anything that could go wrong does, that my prayers ring especially hollow. I’m certain that God is still listening, but my ability to believe it or feel it is significantly diminished. And yet, James’s advice, bold-faced and plain, is that we should pray when we are suffering. It seems almost trite to say something so obvious, but when we’re consumed by our own pain, fear, or inadequacy, prayer might be the last thing on our minds.

Pray for the Diocese of Katsina (Kaduna, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Clive Staples Lewis, Apologist and Spiritual Writer, 1963.

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Malachi 3:13—4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14

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