Coming off the conclusion of Freedom Week at Kingsland, Pastor Ryan was led by the Lord to deviate from his planned message course and teach on prayer. Specifically this week he addressed healing prayer and what it looks like today.
We must recognize that prayer is the most powerful force we have as followers of Jesus. Andrew Murray says, “In relation to his people, God works only in answer to their prayer.”
Quick evaluation: Does your prayer life reflect this type of dependence on God? Are you only praying at ‘meals’ and ‘bedtime’ or do you see your prayers moving the hand of God?
Extreme Warnings about Prayer:
• Sensational: If we just had enough faith, everyone would be healed. Example of Paul in 2 Cor. 12:8-9
• Rationalistic: “God doesn’t heal anymore. That was in Bible days.”
Ask: Which extreme do you or your family tend to lean towards? Why?
Main Passage: James 5:13-18
Pastor Ryan identified three key aspects of healing prayer. This is not a prescription for how to heal, but some necessary components that the Lord works in.
James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another…” Notice that confession of sin and answered prayer go hand in hand.
Ask: Is there any sin that you need to confess to the Lord and be healed from? If so, take it to Him and ask for forgiveness. This brings healing to our Spirits, and can lead to bodily healing as well.
James 5:14 says, “Let them pray over him.” This is about corporate prayer for others.
Ask: Who can you look to for prayer? Who is part of your community? When was the last time you prayed for each other?
James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
We need to pray with the knowledge that prayer is working. God calls us to obedience and we must trust Him for the results.
Ask: What are some big prayers you may not have been willing to entrust to God — for yourself or for others? Are you will to spend time praying about those things?