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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS


JAMES 5:13-15

13Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

5: 14-15   In the early church, expectations of God’s direct intervention and healing were part of daily life. James’s guidelines for healing prayer would make churches much more personal and effective. Anointing with oil was a practice often used by early believers in their prayers for healing. Scripture describes oil being used as a medicine (see Luke 10: 34), but it also symbolizes the Spirit of God (as used in anointing kings; see 1   Samuel 16: 1-13). Thus, here the oil was a sign of the power of prayer, of healing, and of setting apart people who were sick for God’s special attention.

5: 14-15   People in the church should not face their illnesses alone. Members of Christ’s body should be able to count on others for support and prayer, especially when they are sick or suffering. The elders of a church should be on call to respond to the illness of any member, and the church should be sensitive to pray for the needs of all its members. If your church does not have a time for healing prayer, consider offering it.

5: 15  “ The prayer offered in faith” does not refer to the faith of the sick person but to the faith of the people praying. God heals, people with faith present the needs to him, and all prayers are subject to his will and greater plan. It is the Lord who makes us well, not any formula or anything we can buy online. But God wants our prayers to be part of his healing process.

Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and when we pray we have to have the faith that God will answer prayers according to his will! Because sometimes our humanity makes us have alterior motives when we pray because of something that is not in line with Gods will. So always pray in faith that GODS will be done!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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