We will be using James 5:13-16 as a springboard for prayer. 

13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

Take a moment to sit with the image of singing songs of praise. What words, thoughts, or images of praise come to the surface. Now take a moment to read or sing the following:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God whose loving never ends
Creator, Christ and Spirit Friend 


“Doxology” words by Thomas Ken, 1674
“Old Hundredth” music by Louis Bourgeois, 1551
alternative lyrics by Pat Sears, 2020  © public domain