13 Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any 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: 15 and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working. – James 5:13-16 (ASV)
This passage of Scripture is speaking to believers in Christ. God’s Word says that if any of us are sick, we can call for the elders of the church and the elders can pray over us. I believe that there are times where what you’re dealing with could be a little too much for you to handle on your own. Maybe satan is attacking your mind and causing you to doubt that healing is possible. In that case, reach out to an elder, someone who can pray for you. It may not be someone who is actually in your church. I see “church” as being the church universal. The body of believers. And let that person pray over you. When you are anointed with oil, there isn’t actually power in the oil. It’s symbolic. The power is in the prayer of faith (v.15). And it’s not just any prayer. It’s a prayer of faith. A prayer that believes that you are healed. And the response to that prayer of faith is “the Lord shall raise him up”. Shall is defined by Webster as “used to give a command or say that you will or will not allow something to happen. Used to say that something is expected to happen in the future.” When the Word says the Lord shall raise him up, the Word is giving a command that it will happen. You can believe what is written because God tells us in Numbers 23:19-20:
19 God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it. – Numbers 23:19-20 (ASV)
That’s a huge statement! And a blessing! The only way the blessing in His Word isn’t manifested in your life is if you don’t believe it. If you believe the curse more than the blessing. If you believe the pain you’re experiencing, more than you believe that you’ve been healed. Do yourself a favor, and by faith, accept that His Word is true.
James 5 also discusses the relationship of sin and sickness. Not every sickness is a result of sin. But clearly, based on James 5:15, we see that there are times where sin is at the root. In these cases, we are told that our sins are forgiven. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to each other. Not because we have the power to forgive each other. Only God can forgive us of our sins. I believe this is teaching us two things. 1) don’t be held captive to our sin and allow the guilt of our sin to stall our healing and 2) humble ourselves, be honest about our sin, and stop doing it. If we live in guilt and condemnation, we may feel we deserve the sickness and speak contrary to the healing God is ready to give us. And if we persist in our sin, then we may stand in the way of our own healing because we’re blocking our healing.
Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!