Heavenly Father, Almighty God,
you have called us to make your Son known,

We pray that we would seek to live all our lives being governed and lead by the Spirit to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who obey him and live for him.

We pray for courage and boldness,
a shamelessness about the gospel, that leads us to speak up when given opportunity.

34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I don’t know about you but worry comes pretty naturally to me. I can really, without much effort become massively anxious over things that I have little power to change or do anything about. Of course this is folly; neither good for productive thinking nor good for our personal health. But there is another way: a more redemptive way and that is of course found in following Jesus. That way is too restrict our focus to today and the choices and things that we must tackle on this day in the strength that God provides for this day.

If you are anything like me there are times in life when you find it hard to know exactly what the right thing to do in a particular situation is. What is in keeping with wisdom in this particular moment is sometimes at best, a bit hazy. In these times James gives us some indication of a course worth following.

19Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

When Jesus touches you, his healing is so complete that you can then use your experience to help others that are bound like you were. The bible puts it this way: “3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Cor. 1:3-4).