(myCommunity.com) What does the Bible say about prayer for sick? The Old Testament has very few examples of people who have been healed after praying directly to God to heal them. In general, the request for healing is mediated by a prophet who can then pray for healing or be a channel for the power of God to perform a miracle of healing or even resurrection. David prayed that his little son would be healed, but God did not grant his request (2 Samuel 12: 16-17). When the prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah that he would die, he prayed longer and God granted him fifteen more years of life (2 Kings 20).
If the inability to have children is considered an illness, then there are more cases of prayer for "healing"And God's request later.
In the gospels, Jesus healed many people who asked him to do it. In Acts, several people are healed after asking the apostles to heal them, similar to the Old Testament pattern of seeking healing from a prophet of God. None of these cases seems to have a direct application for us today.
In Philippians 1, Paul says that Epaphroditus was sick, even near death, but that God had mercy on him and healed him (verses 25-29). We can assume that Paul prayed for the healing of Epaphroditus, but that is not stated explicitly. In Timothy 1 5: 23, Paul mentions that Timothy has a recurrent disease that seems to be related to the stomach, and recommends drinking a little wine. He does not tell Timothy to ask for healing. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul prays for a "delete"thorn in the flesh", But God refuses to do it. As a result, Paul says that he will rejoice in his illnesses, a word that is normally used for various diseases. In this case, Paul prayed for healing, but his request was rejected. Instead of extending the healing, the Lord told Paul to trust in His grace (verse 9).
The only explicit biblical instruction related to prayer for healing is found in Santiago 5: 13-16: "Is there anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is there someone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Are there any among you who are sick? Call the elders of the church to pray for them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will heal the sick person; the Lord will raise them up. If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective".
James gives specific instructions. It is assumed that the sick person should initiate the meeting and ask for a healing prayer to the elders. The elders anoint the sick person with oil and offer a prayer of faith, and God promises "lift them" However, given that the immediate context has to do with the confession of sin and forgiveness, it may be that the disease in question is the result of a specific sin. In any case, this procedure is a group effort that involves the church leadership. In addition, it is the elders who are called to exercise faith in their prayer. This seems to dispense with the claim that some "healers"They can not be cured because the sick person does not have enough faith.
At the beginning, Santiago 5: 13-16 seems to guarantee healing at all times, but we must consult the entire Scripture. There are other passages about the sentence which, when taken in isolation, also seem to offer a "blank check" of God:
Marcos 11: 24: "Therefore, I say to you that whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will come to you"
Matthew 21: 22: "And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive it"
Juan 14: 13: "And whatever you ask of the Father in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son"
Juan 15: 7: "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done to you"
Juan 16: 23: "In that day you will not ask me anything. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you"
These verses should be understood in the broader context of praying always in the will of God, as 1 says John 5: 14: "And this is the confidence we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (emphasis added). The condition of praying according to the will of God is similar to the instruction to pray "in the name of Jesus" To pray in the name of Jesus is to pray for things that honor and glorify Jesus. Desiring things apart from the will of God does not honor Jesus.
Jesus provides an example of praying in God's will. In Gethsemane, he prayed that "this cup"(The crucifixion) could be avoided, but"my will be done, but yours"(Lucas 22: 42). Jesus did not avoid the cross, because it was the will of God that He suffered through it.
Taking all the teachings on healing and prayer together, it is appropriate to pray for healing or anything else that we believe we need or want. However, we must always consciously acknowledge that we submit to God's judgment to give us the best, and often we do not know what is best for us or what fits in His larger plan. Pray "my will be done, but your will be done"It is not due to the lack of faith as some teach; rather, it is the ultimate declaration of faith in the goodness of God and in his plan and purposes. There is no evidence in the Scriptures that it is always God's will to heal. In fact, we have many examples in the Scriptures of God that do not heal people. Sometimes, it is His will to cause us to suffer from difficulties or illnesses, so that we have a higher level of spiritual health than we could achieve.