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The Epistle Of James Practically Explained by Augustus Neander

James v. 13

Then follows the general direction, which most of all stands opposed to the spirit of worldliness in these churches, to that tendency to distinguish between certain acts of religious worship and all the rest of life as belonging to the world. Nothing can be more opposed to such a tendency than the requirement, that every feeling of the Christian, in sorrow and in joy, shall take the form of prayer. Thereby are sorrow and joy to be sanctified and ennobled. In suffering, the feeling of pain shall be changed to the tone of prayer; from God is help to be sought in prayer, -- power to sustain suffering and to be submissive under it. And joy, too, shall attune the heart to the praise of God, to gratitude towards Him to whom we owe every good. Thus shall sorrow and joy have this in common, -- the direction of the heart towards God. And as life is divided between joy and sorrow, the whole life will thus become prayer. |Is any among you afflicted, let him pray. Is any merry, let him sing psalms.|

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