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James 5:14-15 Authority Over Health

James 5:14-15
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”

Last week we started this Lenten Season with understanding that God wants us to take authority over our lives. In our scripture lesson, Jesus calls upon the elders of the church to pray and anoint the sick with oil. Yes, Jesus could have done this himself, but he choose vessels to do God’s work and we are vessels! As our scripture reminds us, “the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well” or in other words, our belief in the power of the Holy Spirit will give us the authority to heal the sick. All we have to do is have faith, listen for God's instruction so our steps will be ordered, and be obedient. Thus, if you have been asking God for healing today, I encourage you to pray over yourself with faith and authority. 

Consider the following:

If you are asking God for healing, God wants you to get connected to the body of Christ to pray, God wants you to bind up any works of the enemy, and God wants you to not only pray for your situation but for others who are sick as well. For example, two weeks ago, a family asked for prayer over their sick child and here is what God revealed:

1. There is power when two or more are gathered in His name

2. We can have God's authority if we believe in His healing powers

3. God will use us even in difficult situations 

Today, I encourage you to know there is power in community and power in faith. Here is a prayer you can say during this season as you take authority over your health:

God, please give me authority over my health. I bind up every disease, illness, or pain in my body. I cover my health with your blood. I believe that all things will be healed in your name.  Amen.

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