Individual Prayer

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
James 5:13

Have you ever been in a place where the only one who knew what was happening in your heart was you? There are some things in our lives that we hold to ourselves. Many times, it is those things that find their way into our self-talk. James, in the closing of his letter, reminds his audience to pray about those things. There is a place in each of our lives for those individual conversations with our Lord. Our self-talk can turn into precious conversations when we include him in the dialogue. He is already aware of our thoughts, but it takes a conscious effort on our part to include him in the conversation. When you are suffering, instead of tossing around all the reasons you have to feel sorrow and pain, consider talking with him about it—first thing. Strive to have the conversations turn from self-talk to prayer. When you are of good cheer, instead of thinking about it in your own self and how you have achieved all this good stuff, praise him for the way he has showered you with his goodness and his presence. As you learn to rest in the presence of the Lord in every circumstance, you begin to involve him in the conversations that had been kept only in your own heart and mind. You begin to embrace his presence and his input into your situation—whatever that may be. How can you turn your self-talk into conversation with the Almighty today?