This unit of study has been dealing with man’s part in receiving salvation from God, which He has already provided. Healing of the body has also been provided for in the atonement. Just as there are conditions to be met in receiving salvation, even so there are conditions to be met in receiving healing of the body. Let us study some of the conditions that can be met, and steps that we can take in receiving healing.
“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray” (James 5:13).
We must ask if we desire healing. “Ask, and it shall be given you.” Prayer is essential in receiving from God and having our needs met.
B. CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH.
“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church” (James 5:14).
This means exactly what it says. It does not mean travelling hundreds of miles to some great professed healer. The elders of the church will be in your own local assembly – your pastor and those who assist him in the ministry. It is your pastor’s prayers that God will honor here for this is the instruction He has given you.
We should especially note the instruction to the sick: “Let him call.” The sick person has a definite responsibility to call for his pastor.
C. CONFESS YOUR FAULTS.
“Confess your faults…that ye may be healed” (James 5:16).
Sin covered up in your life will hinder your healing. Many need to examine their hearts and be cleansed from secret faults (Psalm 19:12). Unconfessed sin in the life and heart of an individual will hinder faith and a vital contact with our Lord. Sin separates from God so that God will neither hear nor answer prayer (Isaiah 59:1-2).
D. BE ANOINTED WITH OIL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
“Anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).
This is the ministry of the elder who prays. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Anointing is done in the name of Jesus for He is the Great Physician and the One who heals. There is healing in the Name of Jesus. “His name through faith is His name hath made this man strong” (Acts 4:16).
E. HAVE HANDS LAID ON.
“They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18).
Again this is the ministry of the elder (your pastor) who prays. This is listed among the signs that follow them who believe. God honors the ministry of laying on of hands and through this act there is a definite impartation of the power of God. There is a definite ministry of the “laying on of hands.” The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy not to neglect the gift given him by the laying on of hands (I Timothy 4:14, II Timothy 1:6).
F. READ GOD’S WORD TO BUILD FAITH.
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
God’s Word is the greatest builder of faith. Get a promise from the Lord on which to build your faith. Doubts put you out of touch with the Lord; faith puts you back in touch with him.
G. HAVE FAITH IN GOD.
“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).
Without faith it is impossible to please God. All things are possible if we only believe. Faith is the hand that reaches out to receive from Him what you need.
H. FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE WRONGED YOU.
“And when ye stand praying, forgive” (Mark 11:25).
An unforgiving spirit unfits you to approach a merciful God.
I. MEDITATE UPON THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST FOR YOUR BODY.
“Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17).
It is necessary to clearly understand that the price has been paid for our healing; we are but to receive. We are instructed to discern the Lord’s body in the Communion Service (I Corinthians 11:29).
J. RESIST THE DEVIL.
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
The devil will bring on old symptoms and try to defeat your faith. It is necessary to resist him.
SELF HELP TEST
A. In your own words, clearly state the instructions given in each of the following Scriptures on how to receive healing:
1. Mark 16:18 –
2. Mark 11:25 –
3. James 5:14 –
4. James 5:16 –
5. James 5:13 –
6. James 4:7 –
7. Mark 11:24 –
B. Write a paragraph developing the truth suggested by the following statement: “A man does not
have to travel hundreds of miles in order to receive healing.”