Pray for the Sick

LightHouse Devotional Week 6 Day 7

 James 5:14-16

14Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  15And 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. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…

Whatever ails us, God is our true healer.  Jehovah Rapha (Ropho), one of the names by which God is called in the Bible, means “The Lord Who Heals”1.  Throughout the Old Testament, we are reminded that God wants to make us well; His Word promises this repeatedly. Psalm 107:19-20 tells us when we call out to Him in our troubles He will give the order, healing and rescuing us from certain death.

Exodus 15:26 gives us clear instructions on how to receive this healing: “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring any of the diseases…for I am the Lord who heals you.”  Once we accept that healing as a main part of God’s character, we can begin to receive His healing for ourselves and for others.

The theme of healing is, of course, not unique to the Old Testament.  Jesus himself was the Great Physician.  We see example after example of Jesus’ healing, from the lame to the blind to the already deceased.

Why then, do we, in our modern world full of medicines and technology, doubt God’s healing power?  We see or hear of miracles every day but fail to give God His due credit.  So many people have lost sight of who gives our doctors, surgeons, and other health practitioners their healing qualities.  It all comes from our Lord!

Paul says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)  At this point Jesus is sitting on His throne with God, but we are still promised to have all our needs met.  Modern physicians may not use olive oil – which was a symbol for the Holy Spirit — for healing and cleansing of the body, as it was in biblical times (although many ancient practices are once again being utilized), but God’s hand is present in every healed person.

Are you, or a friend or family member suffering physically, emotionally, or spiritually?  Pray for them!  Pray over them if you can!  Put your faith and trust in God.  We can ensure wellness and healing by praying steadfastly for one another, as John says in 3 John 1:2, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

No magic formula exists for receiving God’s healing.  Some diseases require fasting. Others require forgiveness, or a thankful heart, or more faith, deeper devotion, or steadfast pursuing of our Father’s presence.  But rest assured, His presence in your life will bring long-lasting healing!



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