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#UTCOP – How to Pray for Those Facing Sickness

I would ask that you pray especially for Tanya today. She request this prayer: “Please pray for God’s strength, guidance, peace and healing as I face illness and as my family go through this ordeal along with me.”

How to Pray for Those Facing Sickness

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All mighty God, today we uplift all those who are facing illness in their families. Illness comes in like a thief to steal joy, hope and peace, but we thank You Lord, that You are with us through illness. We praise You because of the assurance that though the outward man perishes our inward man will be renewed.

Bring comfort to those that are ill. Heal according to Your will. And above all else Lord, strengthen them that they may endure all that they face and be victorious in You.

Be with the family, help them to be the strength that their ill loved one needs when they are feeling especially weak. Help them to be compassionate and supportive through all the difficulties that arise. And help them also to bring their loved ones before You, because You are the Great Healer, not only of the body, but of the soul.

So Lord, be with us all who face illness. Help us never to let go of You but to help us to see and know and show who You are in spite of all that we face.

We pray all this is the name of Our Saviour, Amen

 

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Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

LAYING ON HANDS

Laying on Hands

In Prayer

by T. L. Wiens

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure”  (1 Timothy 5:22 KJV).

Several local church ladies went to a convention where one of the speakers prayed over them. When the ladies got home, they felt they’d been anointed by this man with special gifts and wanted to spread this new thing. This group was forceful, demanding to lay hands on all members. One member of the church, on his deathbed, begged this group not to pray for him or come near him. They trapped another woman in a room so they could pass their anointing on to her. It wasn’t long after this event that this church moved away from Bible teaching. These women didn’t bring home an anointing from God but from a false prophet.

I’ve been reading through the Epistles and I noticed something. Sometimes Paul asks for prayer in his letters and other times, he doesn’t. I know nothing is an accident in scripture–there are reasons Paul doesn’t ask for prayer. Paul warns Timothy not to be reckless when laying on hands. This is something that needs to be done with prayer and discernment.

Prayer is a powerful tool that needs to be used properly. When you add laying on hands to the mix, it becomes even more effective if done in accordance with God’s word. Let’s not take the weapons of our warfare lightly or put them into the enemy’s hands by using them carelessly.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

DIVINE HEALING

Divine Healing

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted from Friday, December 10, 2010)

TODAY’S SPECIAL: James 5:1-20

TO CHEW ON: “Is anyone among you sick? 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 will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15

Chances are you know someone who is sick. Perhaps you are sick yourself. Problems, issues, pains, and malfunctions of the human body are everywhere.

When we are sick, we desperately want healing. When our loved ones are sick, the pursuit of their health turns our lives upside down as well. So it’s not surprising that our chosen verse today is one of the most well-known and often quoted sections of James.

In it the author suggests a way for Christians to confront sickness. Let’s look at these verses closely to gain insight on how to deal with sickness in our own lives and the lives of those we love.

1. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call …” (vs. 14).

Here we see that the sick person takes the initiative to call for prayer. When you think of it, this makes sense. Remember the last time you were in the middle of an illness and faith for even the next breath was hard to muster. Summoning someone to pray whose faith is not hampered by physical illness and weakness is a good place to start.

2. “Let him call for the elders of the church…” (vs. 14).

Elders are officers of the church. The qualifications of such officers (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) ensure that they are men and women of personal integrity and character, full of discernment and (though not specifically named) people of faith and prayer.

3. “…let them pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (vs. 14).

The oil isn’t medicine or magical. Rather it is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It can symbolize the consecration of the sick person and, as my Bible’s footnote expresses it: “the joyous presence of the Holy Spirit, in this case to bring healing in response to the obedience and faith of the elders” (New Spirit Filled Life Bible, p. 1757).

4. And the prayer of faith…” (vs. 15).

We think of the gift of faith Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 12:9. Here that faith is for the healing of the sick person prayed for.

5. “…will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (vs. 15).

According to the study notes in my Bible, when James says “save the sick” and “he will be forgiven” he doesn’t mean that the prayers save the sick person from sin. Rather, “save” here refers to physical restoration and the “sins … forgiven” refer to sins that may have contributed to the illness. Although not all sickness is caused by sin, sometimes there is a connection (Mark 2:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:27-30).

6. …and the Lord will raise him up…”(vs. 15).

“James stresses God’s healing power through prayer that accompanies the anointing” (NSFLB – p. 1757). In the final analysis, healing comes, not from the oil, or the floweriness of our prayers, or even the robustness of our faith, but from God.

It’s hard to understand why God steps in with supernatural healing at some times and not at others. We will never have the answer to such questions on this side of heaven. But we do know that God has, through Bible writers, told us to bring our requests to heal sickness to Him. Let’s do that, and then continue to depend on Him to work all things together for good in the realm of physical wellness as in other areas of life.

PRAYER: Dear God, I know that the power to restore health is in Your hands. Please keep faith for my ill loved ones alive in me as I continue to pray for them. Amen.

MORE: Smith Wigglesworth on this passage:

“We have in this precious Word a real basis for the truth of healing. In these verses God gives very definite instructions to the sick. If you are sick, your part is to call for the elders of the church; it is their part to anoint and pray for you in faith. Then the whole situation rests with the Lord…”

– Smith Wigglesworth, from Smith Wigglesworth Devotional,  p. 130.