James 5:13-16 (NKJV) 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 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. 15 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. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Those who are afflicted are to pray. Those who are merry are to sing praises to the LORD. There are many who are weary and really burdened right now. This pandemic is taking away the joy right out from the hearts of many. As Christians must we walk around with a fake smile on our faces? Must we be cheerful when we are fearful on the inside? The answer is no, you don’t have to force a smile upon your face. We do not need to put on a false front. The afflicted are to pray. Come to Jesus with your worries and your fears and your concerns. Bring it all to Jesus in prayer. Then leave it in His caring hands. And in exchange He will give you His perfect peace. Then you will be able to join in with the cheerful in singing praises to the LORD. Now my friends, this does not mean that God will instantly end this pandemic, or He will heal all who are sick. But it does mean, that when we are satisfied in our hearts that God is in control, and in all that He does and allows, He works it for our good because He loves us. When we can in our hearts accept fully the sovereignty of God, then we will have peace, the prefect peace of Christ in our hearts. And also understand what James is saying here. James is telling us we ought to pray if we are sick, and we ought to go to the doctor as well. For the word that is translated anointing in verse 14 is the Greek word aleipho, and all it means is to rub with oil. James is saying pray and take medicine for your illness, my friend. After all, it is God who gives man the wisdom to create these medications. Prayer is a powerful thing, and James was a man of prayer. I believe that when we are sick, we ought to ask others to pray for us, for I believe in the priesthood of believers. If we are sick, we ought to pray to God, and while we are asking God for healing, if there is any sin in our lives, then we ought to confess our sin to God in the same prayer. For “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” And if we are praying for another, we ought to confess any wrong doing that we have done to him or her, in private. In other words, don’t show boat in front of other people. Be sincere in your apology. Otherwise, your prayers for that person would not be done with a loving heart. Prayer is a wonderful thing. And we ought to be doing all that we can to be safe today, and we ought to be praying today.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.