February 3, 2019
Sermon Title: How to Pray for Healing
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Psalm 34:4; 1 Peter 4:12; Ephesians 3:20
Scripture Text: James 5:13-16
13 Is any among you afflicted ? let him pray . Is any merry ? let him sing psalms .
14 Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick , and the Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
How to Pray for Healing
3 Kinds of Praying
I see three different kinds of prayer in this passage.
First, we are to pray for ourselves in verse 13: "Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray."
Second, we are to call for the elders of the church when we are really sick in verses 14-15: "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him."
Third, we are to pray for each other in verse 16: "Therefore confess your sins (faults) to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."
There are four distinct times that we're to come before God. We're to look to Him."
1. When we're suffering. (13a)
2. When we have success. (13b)
3. When we have sickness. (14-15a)
4. When we're in sin. (15b-16)
James is recognizing that life is made up of triumph and tragedy, of sorrow and joy. Illness and sickness trip us up and sin entangles us.
The question is not, "Does God answer prayer?" We know He does.
The question is not, "Does God answer prayer for the sick?" Yes He does.
The question is not, "Does God sometimes answer in ways that seem miraculous?"
Again, the answer is yes. All these things are true.
The focus here is not on what God is able to do.
We know that God can do anything He wants to do.
God is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us" Ephesians 3:20.
Most of us think of healing as "getting rid of the disease."
It's like running the clock of life backwards and restoring the person to their previous state. But healing is a very broad concept that involves coming into a right relationship with God first and foremost.
Someone has said that, "Healing in the Bible is not becoming what we were but becoming all that God intends us to be."
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