We are all called to be part of the Church’s ministry of healingour Healing Services . During Jesus’ earthly ministry, people brought their family and friends to him for healing. We are doing exactly the same when we pray for healing for our loved ones.
Revd Christine writes:
“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up…” (James 5.14-15).
So writes James in his letter to 1st century Christians. Assuming that at least some, if not all of the communities who read James’ letter followed his instruction we can be confident that the early Christians did pray for one another for healing and did practise anointing with oil for healing. Thus the early Christians of the early Church continued the ministry of the Apostles as described in Acts, who in the power of the Holy Spirit continued the ministry of Jesus as described in the gospels.
So healing ministry has been part of the practice of Christian communities for as long as there have been Christian communities, it is simply part of who we are and what we do- which is why in Oxton Parish we take this seriously. We pray regularly and faithfully for those we are aware of who are in need of healing, and we hold regular services at which we offer the opportunity for prayer for individuals with laying on of hands and anointing with oil. We also endeavour to visit the sick and to offer prayer and anointing with oil for healing when we are asked to do so.
“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these…” (John 14.12) These are words Jesus spoke to his disciples shortly before his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. His words inspire us to continue to pray in faith for healing for one another, for our communities and for the world and to watch for the signs of the coming of his Kingdom today.
A Doctor’s View of Healing Ministry
Interested? Click here to read Dr Tina Dixon’s sermon on prayer for healing and medical science.