Prayer based on James 1

by henry glover
October 22, 2018

You can read James 1 here:


Thank you, Lord, for sending James to be a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

May I be assured of the final gathering with the Lord just as the twelve tribes found the same comfort, despite being dispersed and oppressed:

I pray that I will count it all joy when I meet trials of various kinds. Remind me that the testing of my faith produces steadfastness and let steadfastness have its full effect, that I may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

If I lack wisdom, I ask you, my God, for that wisdom. For you give generously to all without reproach and your word says that wisdom will be given to those who ask. I ask in faith, with no doubting, for I know the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. I do not suppose that I will receive anything from you, Lord.  May I not be double-minded and unstable in all my ways.

For when I am poor and lowly, I will boast in my exaltation.  Should I be rich, I will boast in my humiliation because like a flower of the grass, rich or poor, I will pass away. As your word says, “For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.” Remind me, Lord, that even the rich man fades away in the midst of his pursuits.11

Bless me when I remain steadfast under trial. I pray that when I have stood the test I will receive the crown of life, which you, my God, have promised to those who love him. Do not let me say when I am tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for your word says “God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” Remind me, Lord, that temptation is lured and enticed by my own desire. I pray that I will not conceive desire that gives birth to sin, for I know that sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death.

I pray that I am not deceived. For I know, every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  It was your own will that brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of your creatures, an absolute honor, and blessing.

May I be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  For my anger does not produce the righteousness of you. Therefore I will put away all my filthiness and rampant wickedness. I pray that I receive, with meekness, the implanted word, which is able to save my soul.

I pray that I am a doer of the word, and not a hearer only, therefore deceiving myself. I do not wish to be like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror and goes away and at once forgetting what he was like.  Lord, make me the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty and perseveres it.  I don’t want to be a hearer who forgets, rather, make me a doer who acts. I want to be blessed in my doing.

Lord Jesus, I pray that my religion does not become worthless by deceiving my heart through an unbridled tongue. Remind me, Lord, that religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father involves visiting orphans and widows in their affliction, and keeping myself unstained from the world.

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