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Prayer of Faith

This is my 3rd and final piece of my series “Healing School”.

James 5:15 says, And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

What is the prayer of faith and is it required for healing? I’ll answer the latter first. Yes, this scripture makes the prayer of faith a requirement for healing.

Faith is belief. It is belief in Jesus our Messiah. It is belief that God has both the power and willingness to do miracles. The prayer of faith then is a prayer by someone who believes.

There are entire denominations such as the Church of Christ which believe miracles are ended. I won’t get into the verse they misinterpret to achieve this unbelief. Their unbelief, however, would exclude the entire denomination from the healing power of God as described in James, which promises New Testament miracles.

Is it required that all the praying elders have faith (or enough faith) to believe for the person to be healed? The quick answer is I don’t know for sure.

I don’t think God intentionally placed an insurmountable burden on people to receive healing. I believe if the seeker has faith of being healed and those praying believe God can that they will find healing.

Seek and ye shall find.

Ask and you will receive.

To be clear: If you need healing, seek it according to James 5:14-15. Ask the elders to perform James 5:14-15 as written for you. You may have to go to multiple churches or denominations. Ask the elders if they believe in the power of God. Ask the elders if they believe God can perform a miracle and heal you of your sickness.

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Limitations

If you read my previous post, Healing School, I wanted to clarify a few things.

God can heal whenever, wherever, and however he wants.

Please, don’t think that I’m putting limits on the Lord as some do. In James 5 he tells us how seekers should seek healing and how elders should perform healing.

It is a scripture with promise. It perturbs me when people try to heal other than as prescribed in James. My belief is if people would follow James 5:14-15, the healing success rate would be around 100%. I suppose it’s possible none of the elders could offer prayer in faith, but this could be remedied by seeking prayer at another Church. Seek …

The main problem is no Church that I’ve seen performs James 5 and I suppose that in itself could be indicative of lack of faith.

Ask …

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Healing School

Let me start by letting you know I’m a doubter. I don’t believe the majority, if any, of the healings done on television are real.

I do believe in miracles and I believe God can heal today. I think that if you’re seeking healing or trying to perform it you should take instruction from the Bible. The Bible does not say breath into the microphone and push someone while they fall over. It does not say to hit someone and scream “out”. Nor does it say to pull a name and ailment out of thin air and call it a word of knowledge.

What the Bible does say concerning healing is this: If any be sick let them come before the elders of the Church. Let them be prayed over and anointed with oil in the name of the Lord. And as a bonus God says if they are healed their sins also are forgiven. That’s a pretty big bonus. James 5:14-15.

I have never seen this performed on television or in person, but if you are a seeker of healing or wish to perform it let me qualify James. Elders of the Church including the preacher are male. I would use a decent olive oil. If you’re worried about the carpet, put plastic down.

Happy healing. And moreover blessed forgiveness!

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