Chapter 52 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Is anyone among you sick?” (James 5.14).
Is anyone 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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (Jas. 5.14-15).
Perhaps no other ministry of the New Testament church has seen as much perversion as the church’s healing ministry. While many involved may have wonderful intentions and pure hearts, some healing ministries have too often been a vehicle for a few to build their own personal financial kingdoms by offering false hopes of healing to any and all who come their way. Here in James 5, we find the only directive in Scripture concerning praying for those who are sick.
The book of James was written to those who had been “scattered abroad” because of widespread persecution. The Greek word translated sick means “without strength” or “to be weak.” And in verse 15 the word used means “to grow weary.”
The author goes on:
While these verses can certainly be applied to people who are physically sick, James was primarily writing to those about to crack mentally under the pressure of life.
Those who are sick spiritually and emotionally often need someone upon whom they can lean and from whom they can draw strength.
Whether we minister to the spiritually sick, the emotionally distressed, or the physically sick we should give our best. The Good Samaritan poured in the oil and the wine, the best healing medicine he had. James reminds us that our prayers should be “prayers of faith,” grounded in God’s Word.
And ultimately, even with physical healing …
All healing is divine. Medicine alone doesn’t heal. Doctors alone do not heal. Proper diet alone doesn’t heal. Exercise alone doesn’t heal. God heals! God’s own name is Jehovah Rapha … the God who heals! And we can trust the one who always has our very best interest at heart.
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Last week’s question: “What is your life?” (James 4.14). Read it here.
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