“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:14‑16).
There are many elements of healing found in this passage including: calling the elders of the church, anointing with oil, praying in the name of Jesus, the prayer of faith, and the power of confessing sins. But the element I want to focus on right now is an important ingredient in the healing process. This vital element is prayer.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). The prayer of the upright pleases God (Proverbs 15:8). The Lord hears the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29). The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer (1 Peter 3:12). This means the prayer of a person in right standing with God can achieve great miracles.
Prayer literally opens the door into the throne room of God. Someone once said, “The amount of power in your life is determined by the size of the calluses on your knees.” I like to say, “If you want to be feeling your healing, you need to be kneeling for your healing to stop Satan from stealing your healing.” Prayer has the potential to move heaven and earth on your behalf. John Wesley observed, “It seems God is limited by our prayer life – that He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him.”
What is prayer? Prayer is simply talking with God. It is fellowship with your Heavenly Father. Prayer is the single most important activity you could engage in. Prayer is evidence of your trust in God. F.B. Myer said, “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” There is nothing greater than speaking with the Creator of the universe.
The psalmist said, “…God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer…” (Psalm 66:19‑20). Jesus promised, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:22), and again, “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
Every time Satan attacks your mind with thoughts of doubt and unbelief, defend yourself by going to the Lord in prayer. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Do not worry about sickness. Bring your healing request to the Lord through prayer, give thanks for your healing, and you will be made whole. I agree with William Branham, “He who is a stranger to prayer is a stranger to power.”
Four ways to pray for healing
- Pray for yourself.
Building your faith through personal prayer is the secret to obtaining and maintaining your healing.
- Ask a family member to pray for you.
Parents’ prayers are especially effective when praying for their children because God has given them authority to resist Satan’s attacks in their household.
- Call for the elders of your church to pray for you.
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him…” (James 5:14). Ask an elder to pray over you; when his faith combines with your faith, you will be healed.
- Ask a friend to agree with you.
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:19-20). There is great power when two people pray a prayer of agreement.
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