James 5:13-16 “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
This time of worldwide sickness allows God’s children to utilize the scriptural response to illness.
Many are afflicted in ways that are hurting them financially. Some have suffered the loss of loved ones. Hurting hearts abound if you just look around.
Afflictions, adversities, sickness are all happening on a worldwide stage. The church has a calling to pray over the sick. The anointing of the sick and praying over them is nothing spooky, just praying in faith for God to heal.
The oil isn’t magical, just symbolic. In and of itself, the oil isn’t holy, but the God we invoke is.
Jesus went about doing good to any and all He met. We are called to do the same to the poor, the sick, the blind, the deaf, the dumb, to the homeless, the fatherless, and the widow. All should be welcome in our churches. All should be ministered to and helped.
When we come alongside the hurting to help, we open the door for God to use us to restore such a one to a close personal relationship with the Father. The healing of that relationship will lay the foundation for them to fulfill the will of God in their lives.
During this time, the church should be the one leading the way to restore our world. Prayer should be the activity of the day and the call of every church.
The ripple effect of this pandemic will be felt for some time. For some, it has closed churches, not awakened them. Some chose to close their doors instead of opening them.
I personally have been sidelined due to COVID for the last two weeks, but it hasn’t stopped my ability to minister to those to whom I am called. I am thankful for technology in that regard, but I genuinely miss the ministry’s in-person touch.
As you go about your day today, stop to pray for those around you. One may be hiding a heartache they’ve carried for months. Others may have just gotten word of a loved one taken with sickness.
We can all pray. We can all call upon God to do that which we cannot. I want to hear the testimonies of those who’ve been raised up off of a bed of sickness because someone cared enough to stop and anoint them in their time of need.
Stay well or if need be – get well!