Israel In Prophecy
Jewish Christian Community
It is a matter of course for the practical Faith that sick persons can be healed by prayer. In the Bible it is made unmistakably clear that Jesus came to deliver us not only from our sins, but also from our diseases if we want to be freed from them, i.e., if we have faith. Besides, in certain passages we are given definite instructions how to proceed with faith healing.
"At the end of St. Mark's Gospel the risen Jesus Himself explains the gift of healing the sick to be a sign of faith: "And these signs shall follow them that believe . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover;" and in the fifth chapter of his epistle St. James gives the following instructions: "Is any sick among you? 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. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed,. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Such clear words cannot be disputed. That unbelieving people gibe at them, is only natural; but if so-called believing circles ridicule faith healings, it only proves how far away these people are from practical faith.
God is our Supreme Physician. He understands best our sufferings, and He only knows why we suffer. If He wants to help us, if in His Wisdom, which alone can discern what is best for us, we are to be helped, we shall be healed through faith, even if all doctors of the world have given us up.
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