This letter is thought to have been written by James the Just, the brother of Jesus, between AD40-50, at the time of the stoning of Stephen and persecution of Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 8). This is encouragement to new followers of Jesus, who find themselves excluded from their community and chased away from Jerusalem. James encourages them to pray, to confess sin, and not to give up hope.
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 197.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.