Healing Passage - James 5:13-16
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Tip 1: You're not Alone
The ministry of healing is an important ministry of the church. God's love and power are available to all who come to him in faith. Do you need to experience the Lord's healing grace? God definitely will hear your prayers! These verses in the Epistle of James also encourage us to invite others into the process, especially those with maturity and insight who know how to get a prayer through! Sometimes we may be too weak to fight the battle of sickness on our own. There is no shame in seeking the help of others who are willing to intercede on our behalf. As members of Christ's body, we truly need one another. Call on someone who is full of faith to pray for you today! Ask the elders of your church or faith community to intercede for you. The prayer of a righteous man or woman is powerful and effective!
Tip 2: The Power of Repentance
Secondly, find someone of spiritual maturity that you trust with whom you can share your sins and weaknesses. Having a clear conscience often hastens God's healing (emotional or physical) power. If you are holding on to the weight of unconfessed sin, I challenge you to release this burden today. God will forgive, heal, and restore you, a truth which can be reinforced within a loving community of believers. Allow the Lord to lead you to a safe environment and receive the refreshing that comes from biblical repentance and confession.
Tip 3: The Prayer of Faith
Thirdly, the prayer of faith (i.e., the prayer offered in faith) is an important aspect of healing. People of faith love God, trust in God, and walk with God. The prayer of faith is a prayer of confidence in the character, words, and actions of God. Such confidence comes from relationship with him. These verses from the Epistle of James suggest that a loving context in which the sick person is surrounded by prayerful, spiritually-mature believers is one that will facilitate healing and restoration. God hears the prayers of his people and will do what is best for them. Through Jesus Christ, God offers salvation, forgiveness, physical healing, and a host of other benefits and blessings. Do you need a touch from the Lord? Call out to him and allow other people of faith to intercede on your behalf. His love and power are available to you today!
Today I am praying for my family, friends, loved ones, and readers who need physical healing. Follow the links below:
IN PURSUIT OF WHOLENESS
I have seen God bring salvation, healing, and restoration to his people in powerful ways. These wonderful blessings are often received through prayer and meditation on God’s Word. I invite you to read and study the teachings and exercises in my book In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person. I believe that this work will help build your trust in God and enable you to approach him with greater confidence. Follow the link for more information on this resource.
Do you have a healing testimony? Please let us hear from you! Also, please consider making a financial contribution to Wilfred Graves Ministries to help us continue our ministry of salvation and healing. We would like to build or locate a physical space (a "healing house") for hurting people to receive prayer, pastoral counseling, and other kinds of personal ministry on a regular basis. For more information on our vision to build a healing house, please follow the link. We would appreciate your support.
Wilfred Graves Jr.