Is There a Prayer for Healing?
Prayer for healing is a common request, whether for physical, emotional or spiritual needs. There are many stories in the Bible that tell us about Jesus healing the lame, crippled, blind, mute, and more. Some just touched His cloak and they were healed, others received healing from afar. When we need healing, most of us believe God can do something about it, and we are hopeful He will act on our behalf.
In James 5:13-18, God tells us who we should pray for. There are three kinds of praying we should seek as we ask God to heal: praying for yourself, praying of the elders over the sick, and praying for each other.
If you look at James 5:13, it says, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” We need to remember that any suffering we are going through is to be brought to God in prayer.
It is suggested that we confess our sins to the Lord when asking for healing. A good reference to guide you through confession would be Psalm 51. It is David’s prayer of confession. Whether we find ourselves in a place where that sin is present or not, we are to pray for ourselves in it because we are a people who are in need.
James 5:14-15 says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call among the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
Elders are the spiritual leaders of the church who by faith call on God on behalf of the one who is sick. Now, it is not the elders who heal, nor the oil or the laying on of hands, but it is God that heals. He heals through the presence of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” One of the most powerful things you can do for someone else is pray for them. God will work through your prayer to effectively and powerfully bring the healing goodness of Jesus and his healing touch to them. Do not underestimate the power of praying through the spirit of God who is in you.
If you know someone who is struggling spiritually, emotionally, or physically, we would love to join you in prayer for them. You can request prayer here.
In his message, Does God Still Heal?, Pastor Joel K. Johnson sheds light on these healing scriptures and prayers for healing.