James 5:13-16 (ESV): “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 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 one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Note: Names and places changed since I do not have permission to use the people’s names.
Last fall I spoke at a church in Central Minnesota. After the service, two elders asked me to go with them to lay hands on a dear brother who had liver cancer.
I will call the man Dan; not his real name. I knew him from the past. About six years ago he needed a liver transplant; God provided Dan a liver in answer to many prayers on his behalf. Some five plus years later, the “new” liver had cancer. We confessed our sin, laid hands on the man and prayed in faith with expectation that the man would be healed. Immediately the man said, “My head feels better.” That was good but how do you know if your liver feels better? He felt good and we visited. Later I drove home into the full moon night singing praises to God.
I called one of the elders two weeks later; Dan’s health was improving. This last week, I received a call from one of the elders—Dan has no cancer what so ever!
Dan was in desperate shape when we laid hands on him and God healed him completely. Praise God from who all blessings flow. Thank you, Jesus. Halleluiah!
One point is this, I wish you could hear the phone call I received; over and over the man repeated “No more cancer; no more cancer! Isn’t God good? The Lord is amazing!” The caller repeated this over and over. I stood listening to the message with a tear filled face.
James 5:14 (ESV) says in part…“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray…”
Why aren’t we calling the elders more? Why aren’t we laying on hands more, anointing with oil and confessing sin, believing God can and will heal. God has healed and He will continue to heal!
The Gentle Healer has come; His Spirit is and will be with us. Come to Jesus and live. Isn’t God great! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Do not fret over health care. Jesus is the only true healer and His premium plan is simple. Humble yourselves before Him confess your sin and pray. We all can and should do that… To God alone is the glory.