Have you ever been to a doctor who wants to see your reflexes. So he takes this little rubber headed hammer and taps you on the knees- and if your reflexes are good, your lower leg responds with a gentle kick. That reflexive action occurs automatically, and it's the same every time that nerve is hit.
But how do you respond when troubles hit you? What is your automatic reflexive action then? Panic? Anger? Depression? Confusion? All of these?
James in these verses reminds us what our reflexive action should be: turning to God in prayer.
" Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray...The prayer of a righteous man[woman] is powerful and effective". - James 5:13,16