“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14 NLT).


An often overlooked resource in the modern church. Having available modern medicine, we forget the benefit of prayer and laying on of hands. Yet, the Bible says that having the elders in the church pray for you and anoint you is the proper response when you are sick. In our materialistic view of the world, we forget the spiritual component to health and wholeness. We forget that we are more than physical beings. However, real healing must involve the whole self. The church has always been deeply involved with caring for the sick. Throughout history, wherever the church has gone, it has built hospitals and schools because it recognizes that the need to care for the whole self, is to care for mind, soul, and body. So, keep going to the doctor, but don’t forget to have the church praying for you too.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we come to You as our Creator, Healer and Redeemer. We thank You for the gift of doctors, nurses, and medicine. Yet we do not forget that healing is always by Your grace. We rely on You for life! Fill us afresh this day with Your Spirit. Thank You for reminding us to pray for the sick. In Jesus’ name, amen.