Read James 5:13-20

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

1.  In verse 13, James gives us instructions on several things, including what to do when we are experiencing hardships. In other parts of James, more hardship instructions are mentioned. List all the things he tells us to so, along with the scripture reference.

2. Why do you think it’s an appropriate response to sing praises when we are cheerful?

3. What is the similarity between praying and singing praises? Be obedient to the directions of this verse and either pray or sing praises, in your own words, to our God today.