I hope all of you are enjoying reasonably good health. The reason I make this statement is because there seems to be serious health problems to several members in God’s Church and others around the world. My focus in this article today, is praying for others when we learn of their needs, and ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR HEALING.
Part of the responsibility of the ministry pertains to this: Matthew 10:1 “And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” So the ministry is the one you come to for anointing and prayer and healing;
Members of the Church of God New World Ministries usually know this but those new to the Truth may not. James 5:14 “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the Elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil (symbolic of the Holy Spirit) IN THE NAME OF THE LORD: 15. 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.”
Acts 3:6 “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” 16 “And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
Whether God will again perform such dramatic miracles in this modern age, just prior to the return of Christ, we don’t know. Certainly this is possible! “---But with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26)
The problem could be because of our lack of faith! Matthew 9:28 “And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, Yea, Lord. 29. Then touched He their eyes, saying according to your faith, be it unto you.” (And, of course, there can be other factors, such as, is healing according to God’s purpose, etc.?)
But apart from the ministerial responsibility, what are the instructions to everyone in the Church?
We read about the calling of the elders for anointing the sick with oil in James 5:14, 15, but what are the instructions to the ENTIRE CHURCH? James 5:16 “Confess your faults (problems) to one another, and PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER, THAT YE MAY BE HEALED. The effectual FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN availeth much.” I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” This applies to us ALL!
We have a section on our website containing many prayer requests. You may visit the site and find many people who are in need of prayer. You probably have people in your particular circle of family or friends in need of prayer. Add them to our prayer list that others may join you in prayer for them. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
If you would like to know more on the subject of healing send of our Mini-Correspondence Course, Lesson 28, on the subject of healing. As always, it is FREE.