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Anointing of the sick with oil and prayer | Healing

Jesus Christ heals today!

Jesus heals supernaturally.

Jesus & Healing

Jesus healed thousands of people when He was on earth.  Jesus also commanded His followers (The Church) to preach the gospel and heal the sick ... as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
.                              Matthew 10:7-8

He (Jesus) sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
.                              Luke 9:2

... he who believes in Me, (Jesus) the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
.                              John 14:12

... these signs will follow those who believe: In My (Jesus') name they will ...
... lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
.                              Mark 16:17-18
.  This continues today.

Praise God, there is no disease or medical problem that cannot be cured by the power of Jesus.  He heals today just as He did when He walked on earth 2,000 years ago.

Jesus heals through doctors and modern medicine.

Praise God, for He has given us doctors and modern medicine.

Jesus sometimes heals despite unhelpful treatments.

All humans are fallible, this includes doctors who sometimes make errors in their diagnosis and treatments.  Praise God that He is in control of all things.


2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
3  Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,

Psalm 103:2-3

God's commandments support healing

ano_mosesDo not murder is the sixth of the ten commandments. Stated positively, human life is precious. God commands that we value, protect and nurture all human life. Doing what we can to promote healing is a part of this command.

The fourth commandment, honour the Sabbath day also has a healing component to it. Jesus explained this command was given for our benefit... The Sabbath was made for man, ...
.                              Mark 2:27
. Not only must we gather each Lord's day to worship Him in a local church, but it is also a day to refresh and feed our souls, to help others and to rest our bodies from regular work. This promotes bodily healing and growth of faith in Jesus Christ.

When you are sick

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray...
Is anyone among you sick?
Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him,
(therapeutically) anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
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.
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.

James 5:13-16

Pray yourself

The Bible tells us to pray if we are suffering.  Sickness is one type of suffering so the first thing to do is to pray by yourself.  Here's what to do:-

Call on God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ,
thank Him for the situation you find yourself in,
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pray for His will to be done in all things,
confess any sins to Him,
ask Him to supply your needs,
ask Him for wisdom to know what to do,
thank Him for hearing your prayer.

Reading and meditating on the Bible is a common way that God speaks to us individually, we need to spend time listening. However your sickness could have made you weak such that you cannot pray earnestly to God, or listen properly for His reply.  James anticipates this incapacity and writes by the Holy Spirit that you should call the elders.

Call the elders of the local church to come to you.

Don't have a local church?

All Christians in the Bible are members of local churches... the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
.                              Acts 2:47
. If you currently don't belong to a local church then seek out a good one and request them to send elders to you. Now is the best time to join up and experience the love and support of the Body of Christ - the local church.

Not a Christian?

Call the elders of the local church anyway. They will pray for you and encourage you. More importantly they will also explain to you the good news of Jesus Christ. Having your sins forgiven, being at peace with God and possessing eternal life is more important than healing your body.

ano_anGiven that you are weak and cannot pray effectively yourself, nor travel to the elders, as often happens with sickness, here is God's provision for you. Call the elders of your local church to come to you, allow them to minister to you with the love of Jesus.

Have the elders pray with faith in Jesus Christ.  The primary function of the elders here is to pray over the sick person. The elders will be keen to encourage you in the gospel and the prayers may include confession of sins and requests for forgiveness as necessary.  They are to pray with faith... 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.
.                              James 5:15
and the Word of God promises healing and restoration.

Get the best medical treatment

Therapeutic anointing

sk_oilJames wrote by the Holy Spirit to the early Jewish Christians... to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad ...
.                              James 1:1
. He ordered the elders of the church to therapeutically anoint the sick: that is to give them the best medical procedure known at the time. The Greek text distinguishes between a therapeutic anointing (ie a medical procedure) and a sacred anointingSacred anointing - chrio
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has (sacredly) anointed Me to preach the gospel ...
.                              Luke 4:18
... He who establishes us with you in Christ and has (sacredly) anointed us is God,
.                              2 Corinthians 1:21

Therapeutic anointing - aleipho
... they cast out many demons, and (therapeutically) anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.
.                              Mark 6:13
... Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, (therapeutically) anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
.                              James 5:14
. James specified a medical anointing. If he had specified a sacred anointing then he would have also needed to specify a ritual, for this was unknown. The therapeutic anointing he specifies was well known in Jewish cultures, no additional instructions were needed. Historically, the Jews used anointing with olive oil internally and externally to treat almost all diseases including some very serious ones. The medicinal uses for olive oil are truly amazing.

The book of James was written to support Christians in a pagan world. James is effectively saying, when someone is sick, do not go to the village shaman or witch doctor or occultist, but call for the elders of your local church.  Besides giving you medical treatment, they will pray with faith in Jesus.  That's the important thing.

The Bible calls for the elders to anoint the sick with oil.  At the time this was written, there were few doctors and no hospitals.  Therapeutic anointing with olive oil was the best medical treatment available and was widely used by the Jews to cure almost all ailments and diseases.  The elders were the best qualified people to administer this medicinal anointing either before or with the prayers. However, the Bible places the primary responsibility on the elders to pray for the sick.

sk_careNote that the elders were not instructed to perform a sacred anointing, like an Old Testament ritual And he (Moses) poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him, to consecrate him.
.                             Leviticus 8:12
, which symbolized the coming of the Holy Spirit on a person. The New Testament anointing here was the world's best medical procedure / treatment at the time. In today's world it is equivalent to seeking the best medical procedures available: that is, using doctors and hospitals that the Lord has provided.

Did you know?

The twelve disciples used therapeutic anointing in conjunction with supernatural healing. As well as preaching the gospel and praying for the sick, they also did what they could for them with practical medicine ... they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and (therapeutically) anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.
.                              Mark 6:12-13

Luke, who wrote the third gospel and Acts continued to be a respected medical doctorLuke the beloved physician ...
.                              Colossians 4:14

Paul the Apostle, who had been used by God for miraculous healings had no issues with encouraging Timothy to use available medical treatmentsNo longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
.                              1 Timothy 5:23

Hospitals and modern medicine have their origins in Christianity. Christians in past times realised there was a need to care for the sick and developed these special facilities to provide the best care. They saw this as expressing their faith and obedience to God.

God is good. He has given us all things for our benefit.

Finally, remember to look to Jesus Christ in faith, not to anointing oil, not to medical procedures, not to doctors and not to religious ceremonies.  It is the prayer of faith that saves the sick. This is where our efforts need to be concentrated.  Praying in the name of the Lord... let them pray over him, ... in the name of the Lord.
.                              James 5:14
implies that we put His will before ours.  Sometimes God does not grant physical healing but gives His grace to cope in the circumstances.  This works out for His glory and our spiritual growth.

More important than healing

Ultimate healing
is going to heaven where our new bodies will last forever!

Although God blesses us with many physical healings through Jesus Christ, these are only temporary blessings. They demonstrate God's love to us and prompt us to be thankful. They should also prompt us to think of greater blessings.

Jesus Christ offers eternal life to all who will submit to Him today. They immediately receive forgiveness for sins, peace with God and begin eternal life. Their place in heaven is also secured, which they will enjoy with a new body that will last forever!

This is the greatest offer you will ever receive. Secure your eternal future today. If you are not a Christian or are not sure about going to heaven then click on this link for more information.

We pray that this page is a blessing to you.  Put all your trust in Jesus Christ, refer your difficulty to Him and seek His wisdom and direction for your life.  Be supported in all this from a good local church.

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Produced by Monash Christian Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia. Author Pastor Bill Wheaton 2012. This document may be freely reproduced and used for non-profit evangelism provided that it is unchanged and carries this credit. Scriptures are quoted from the New King James Translation of the Bible.