Why I Pray for the Sick

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14, NLT)

This verse of Scripture is why I pray for the sick and ask people to pray for me whenever I’m sick.  There is no special formula or secret code words.  Praying for the sick is a matter of obedience pure and simple.

God’s love and compassion to the sick and suffering are revealed in Christ.  Reading of Jesus’ touching the untouchables who had not felt the warmth of a human being in years inspires me.  Faith, hope and love are stirred and strengthen within me when I read of His healing ministry.

Love for God and for people leads me to pray!  Compassion compels me to pray!  Further and perhaps more important God is glorified and the kingdom of heaven advances when the sick are healed.

I am grateful for the directive of Scripture if you’re sick to ask the elders to pray for you and anoint you with oil.  It is faith and obedience that leads to blessing.  How many people are not healed because they have refused to seek prayer?  How many have been denied healing because someone destroyed their hopes saying God doesn’t heal today?  Rather than doubt, I’ve chosen to remember the words of a hymn, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”

There have been times when God healed someone frankly surprised me.  I’ve prayed  with people and wow, He healed them.  Really, I should say, I was shocked.  There have been other times when I just knew, don’t ask me how, but I knew that God was going to heal this person.  And there have been times when I’ve prayed, fasted and sought God for someone and they were not healed.  I’ll write about that later this week.

Full disclosure, I have experienced personally God’s healing in my life.  I’m fully persuaded by the Scripture and personal experience.  If it was experience only I would not cruelly bring hope to the sick and suffering through praying for God to heal them.  Experience is not the criteria for Biblical faith.  The Scripture judges our experiences and leads us in the path of life.  God’s Word never fails.

Tomorrow, Does the Bible promise too much when it comes to healing.


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