3. James 5: 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
Sickness is suffering that hits all people at some time and can dominate lives when it strikes. The sickness may mean that the person is in the hospital. The initiative to call for the elders rested with the sick person or family. The seriousness of the infirmity calls for a visit to the person by an elder, pastor or maybe a Deacon or teacher today.FBC has a team of pastors to visit the members of our church in the hospital. These pastors visit the hospitals all over the region most days and pray over the sick individual and family.
James said the elders anointed the sick person with oil. Old and New Testament references indicate oil contained healing agents in that time period (see Isaiah 1:6; Jeremiah 8:22; Mark 6:13; Luke 10:34). only in the last 100 years have we achieved excellent healthcare. Today in Jacksonville we have some of the best medical care from world-class hospitals, staff, equipment, and medicines. However, we are to pray in the name of the Lord because the ultimate power to heal comes from God. The “prayer offered in faith”; the faith is of the one doing the praying. What if we pray and the person stays sick or dies?” This remains a mystery known only to God. Believers know, however, that ultimately God raises up the dead believer to the healing of eternal life.
James raised the possibility that sometimes sickness occurs in persons who committed sins. Sin does not always cause illness, but hen it does, the sin will be forgiven for the repentant. Forgiveness, however, provides no guarantee of restoration to health but does restore a right relationship with God.