The Power of Prayer
Prayer is powerful & makes a difference to people, places & this planet.
It is necessary in every circumstance of life (good times & bad), so we must make prayer a daily habit.
The power of prayer is that it connects us with the One through whom all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Its power is not in the one praying but in the One who hears, heeds & answers. Hallelujah!!
We have seen how we are to pray when experiencing either suffering or success.
Today we will think around how we are to pray in times of Sickness.
The prayer of faith to heal the sick & anointing with oil will be our theme & focus.
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. 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. James 5:14-15 NKJV
The third S that James outlines for prayer is prayer in times of sickness or serious illness.
The word used for sick also implies being spiritually weak. Those who are weary or worn down by life.
Here James advocates a dual approach. Firstly, prayer for the person & secondly anointing with oil in the name of the Lord.
The prayer of faith will restore the sick person & enable them to rise up from their sickbed.
Being raised up from a sickbed suggests we are contemplating serious illnesses rather than common ailments.
Calling for the elders of the church to come & pray for you takes humility & it is an act of faith.
Faith is therefore being expressed through the person being prayed for & those doing the praying.
Oil, & being anointed with it, is a sign of consecration to God. Oil was also used & applied as a healing agent (Luke 10:34).
Anointing with oil was also used to bring spiritual & physical healing & deliverance (Mark 6:13).
We therefore have a potential scenario of faith filled prayer, consecrating a person to the Lord & the administration of medicine.
Jehovah Rapha is the Lord Who Heals (Exodus 15:26). He is the source of all healing & the fount of all medical knowledge.
The Lord heals both through prayer & through medicine & surgery. This great mystery needs to be appreciated.
The type of prayer that is appropriate in times of sickness is faith filled prayer that looks firstly unto the Lord.
Both, praying & anointing with oil, when done with genuine faith are a way of doing this.
Pray & anoint with oil but also be open to receive from any medical help available.
James, like Jesus, also sees a potential connection between sickness & sin. Forgiveness & healing are closely linked.
Sin will always lead to a malady & sickness in the soul & spirit. Prayer is the solution.
Physical sickness can also result from sin but is not an automatic fruit of sinfulness.
Not all sickness results from sin therefore great wisdom & discernment is called for in this area!!
In the realm of sickness & healing it is going to prayer FIRSTLY that is the key.
Keep praying in faith for the sick, keep anointing them with oil, & keep ensuring they are getting the best medical care available.
In this way we encompass all that James outlines in this area of prayer.
Looking unto the Lord who Heals through whatever source. Hallelujah!!
- Reflect upon, & share a testimony about a time when you, or someone you know, was healed through prayer?
- How confident am I to offer to & pray for the sick?
- Meditate upon the importance of faith & expectation when we pray.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you that You are Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals,
Thank you that You are the source of all heling & medical knowledge & that you heal through both.
Jesus thank you by Your stripes we are healed,
Keep me walking in the forgiveness, healing & wholeness that flows only from You.
Holy Spirit give me courage & confidence to pray in faith for those who are sick,
And keep me ever thankful for all You do in the arena of physical, emotional & spiritual healing.
In every season & circumstance of my life.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Written by Gareth Jones