Last week, we put on our ‘Spiritual Armour’ and engaged with forces in the heavenly realms to pray for protection from the attacks of Satan. This week, our prayer journey takes us to the physical realm as we examine how to pray for healing.
Praying for Healing
The book of James asks: “Is anyone among you sick? Then you must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over you anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise that one up, and if sins have been committed they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much.” (James 5:14-16)
I have to confess that I sometimes lack faith when praying for healing. I just figure that if God is going to heal, then He will, and if he isn’t going to, for some reason that I can’t understand, then He won’t. Simple as that. However, when I look at the Scriptures, it is clear to me that our prayer plays a part in the process. Why does God want to use an imperfect person, riddled with their own faults, to take requests for healing to a perfect God? There is no logic in this that I can understand. And yet, there lies the mystery of Christianity; that God loves us so much that he chooses us to be a part of His plan.
Somehow, the other part of praying for healing, is that the prayers should be “offered in faith”, and that the person praying has “confessed their sins”. What this means to me is that my relationship with God needs to be just that; a relationship. Not a one-sided conversation where I throw up my prayers to God, but that I take time to listen as well.
Today…don’t just think about your relationship with God. Do something about it, by connecting with Him in prayer. I’ll do the same too.