James 5:14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
From its earliest days, it has been the practice of the church to offers prayers for those who are sick. If you are part of a local church, I’m guessing there is such a ministry in your fellowship.
Christians can sometimes be reluctant to pray for the sick, or be inconsistent in prayer, because we don’t always see a consistent outcome that satisfies us. We’d love to see an immediate healing, but that’s rare – at least in my experience. It happens, but not very frequently.
More common is to see someone being healed over time. It’s important that we percevere in prayer, being willing to pray over and over for someone’s healing. Patience in required. And there are times when patience is rewarded.
And sometimes, there doesn’t appear to be any physical healing at all. The illness doesn’t go away, and sometimes people even die – despite diligent prayer. This can be very disappointing because we know that God has the power to heal, so why doesn’t he?
Honest answer? I don’t know.
I don’t know why some people experience healing through prayer and others don’t. What I DO know is that we are called to be faithful in our prayers for one another and trust the Lord for the outcomes.
So let me ask you – are you needing prayer for healing right now? Or is there someone you love who is in need of healing prayer? Let’s do our part by offering prayers. Together. Right now.
Heavenly Father, by faith we call upon you to reach out your healing hand and touch those in need of healing. And for those of us who are praying, give us grace to believe and not doubt. For the prayer of faith is a powerful thing. We thank you in advance for answered prayers. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.