DAILY DEVOTION, Feb 6, 2021, Prayer for the sick
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (James 5:15).
James says that if we call for the church elders and anoint the sick with oil, God will heal. There are many other places in Scripture where we are encouraged to pray. We all know that sometimes our prayers for the sick are not answered in the manner we hoped. Over the years, we have prayed for many of our sick who eventually died. Yes, we know that those who die in faith are in heaven, and they are assuredly healed there.
When we pray, we need to be aware of all the conditions God lays upon us. For example, prayer must always be according to the will of God (1 John 5:14). God will never act contrary to His will no matter how hard we pray. There must always be in our hearts, “thy will be done,” even if we do not always say those words. No matter how much faith you can muster, God will never act contrary to His will. Our problem is that we do not always know His will.
Jesus prayed that the Father might spare Him from crucifixion, an understandable prayer! God did not spare Jesus from the cross but used our Lord’s sacrifice as the means of bringing eternal life to us. Behind Jesus’ desire to avoid the cross was a more profound desire that God’s will be done. That same desire must be behind our prayers. Yes, pray on. Ask what you will. God wants to hear from you. But after you have expressed your desire, whisper the words, “Thy will be done.”
Thank You, Father, for encouraging us to cast all our cares upon You. You have assured us that you care for us. When my prayers are not answered in the manner I prefer, help me to understand that You love me and You are always doing what is best for me even when I do not understand. If I pray a thousand prayers that do not go my way, I will continue to pray and trust You. In Jesus name, Amen.