DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
If the only prayer you said was “Father, I thank you, I love you, please use me,” that would be enough to please God.
The Book of James 5: 13-20 instruct us about praying: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 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. 16 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.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
The Bible instructs us to pray. When we pray, we communicate with God. We seek answers from God for our various situations, we seek answers on behalf of friends, family members or other believers. Or, we pray just to return thanks to God for his blessings upon us. Our relationship with God is strengthened when we pray. He speaks to us during our prayers. Could you imagine living with your spouse but no form of communication is taking place? That relationship will get dull, uninterested, and will eventually die.
To keep our life strongly grounded in Christ, we must pray. We read that Daniel prayed three times a day, Jesus often went to a quiet place to pray and the disciples took every opportunity to pray, even when they were put in jail, they continued to praise God and they got results.
It is amazing what prayers can do. Take Elijah as an example. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. To pray earnestly is to pray with deep sincerity and seriousness. It is this type of prayer that brings forth results. Elijah prayed from his whole heart, God heard him and answered his prayer.
When King Hezekiah was ill to the point of death, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, the prophet, “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
God still hears and He still answers prayers today. Sometimes, we may be so overwhelmed that we do not know what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. We have heard testimonies about how prayers have changed circumstances in people’s lives. Many said that after fervent prayers they got a job, they were healed from a disease and their relationship was restored.
When we pray it takes faith for us to believe that our prayer request will be granted. For we walk by faith and not by sight. All things are possible to him that believes. Martin Luther said, “If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.” As believers, we must be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let our requests be made known unto God.
If we are to make a difference in our life and in the lives of others, we must be committed to prayer. Daniel’s prayer of three times a day saved him when he was placed in the Lion’s den. The disciples were always fervent in their prayer. If Jesus prayed daily to His Father, who are we not to devote ourselves continually to prayer? We do ourselves a great injustice, when we neglect to pray.
God wants us to strengthen our relationship with Him so He commands us to pray always. We learn to recognize God’s voice as we pray. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” We also glorify God as we pray.
What stops you from praying to God today? Nothing is too hard for God to handle. The Bible says He sends His rain on the just and the unjust, all we have to do is ask and delight ourselves in Him and He will give us the desires of our heart. I encourage us to commit ourselves to prayer daily and by faith, believe that we have already received what we have prayed for. Amen.