C. In James 5:14,15 we are told that the prayer of faith shall save or heal the sick.
(Save = SOZO = heal, preserve, save, do well, be (made) whole; Mark 5:23;34; Acts
14:9.) Every believer has this promise from God that if he prays the prayer of
faith, he shall be healed.
1. The prayer of faith is not a prayer of asking, it is a prayer of releasing faith in
a. One of the things God has done for us in His book is tell us what He has
provided for us through Jesus Christ. Now, He asks us, expects us, to
believe it before we see it -- that's faith.
b. When we believe it, He makes it happen or brings it to pass in our lives.
2. In the prayer of faith, you don't ask God to give you anything, you take
from God something He has already offered to you through Christ.
a. As far as He is concerned, He has already healed you.
b. You were healed 2,000 years ago when Jesus bore your sicknesses along
with your sins. Isa 53:4-6; I Pet 2:24
3. Doesn't the Bible tell us we must ask God for things? James 4:2; Matt 7:7-11
a. Yes it does, but, as always, we must read in context. James is talking
about strife (3:16), and in 4:1-3 he lists causes of strife.
b. When we let selfish lusts dominate, we fight each other, trying to get things
from each other, when we should be going to God.
c. Matt 7:7-11--One of the themes of the Sermon on the Mount is that we
have a heavenly Father who loves us and to whom we can and should go
4. When you pray the prayer of faith, you don't pray: Lord, if it be thy will...
a. The phrase "if it be thy will" is never used in connection with receiving
healing in the Bible.
1. Jesus prayed "If it be thy will" once. His purpose was not to change
anything, but rather to submit to the will of God for His life, His
mission to earth. Matt 26:39-42
2. A man came to Jesus for healing asking "If it be thy will". Jesus
corrected the man's thinking before He healed him. Matt 8:1-3
b. God hears the prayers of people who are righteous and the prayers of
those who are seeking something that is His will. I Pet 3:12; I John 5:14,15
1. If you don't know you are righteous in Christ, then you aren't ready
to pray the prayer of faith for healing.
2. If you aren't convinced healing is God's will for you, then you aren't
ready to pray the prayer of faith for healing yet.
5. You must understand, there is a sense in which God has already done
everything for us He is going to do.
a. He's not going to heal you. As far as God is concerned, He already has
healed you through Jesus.
b. It isn't a question of God doing something for us, it is a question of us
receiving what He has already provided.
c. How do we get or receive salvation from God for our sins?
1. Do we beg Him to save us if it is His will? Do we ask and ask and ask
until we feel saved?
2. No, we find out that Jesus has already died to pay for our sins, we
believe it, and then express our belief by confessing Him as our Lord
and Savior. Rom 10:9,10
3. In other words, we take what He offers us by believing it, then God
does it. He puts into effect in us what He has already provided on the
d. It works just the same with healing because healing has been provided for
us through the same historical act that paid for our sins -- the Cross.
e. You believe what God has done for you through Christ, you speak it out,
and He brings it to pass in your body.
D. Jesus taught about the prayer of faith in Mark 11:12-26
1. v14--Jesus spoke to a fig tree, and what He said came to pass.
a. He then explained to his disciples that if you believe something when you
speak it, you will have it.
b. Therefore, when you pray (which involves speaking, not just asking),
consider it done from that moment on and you will see it.
c. That is exactly what Jesus did to the fig tree and that is exactly what
2. Jesus gives us two characteristics of the type of prayer which always gets results
= the prayer of faith. (Context of this passage is prayer and faith.)
a. v23--If you believe in your heart and say with your mouth what you
believe, you will have what you say = what you say will come to pass.
b. v24--If you believe you have something before you see it, you will see it.
3. In other words, if you believe you receive healing when you pray, on the
authority of God who says you were healed, you will be healed = experience it.
4. There must come a point where you release your faith = demonstrate your faith
in what God has said and provided. Acts 14:9
a. One reason for calling for the elders and being anointed with oil, or having
hands laid on you, is to give you a point at which to release your faith.
b. There is no healing power in the oil or in the hands of the elders unless a
gift of healing is in operation.
c. The oil and the elders are the point at which you say: Father, I thank you
for providing healing for me on the Cross. As hands are laid on me, oil is
put on me, I receive (take or acknowledge) the healing you provided for
me. Thank you so much that I am now healed.
5. From that point on, everything you do and say must be an expression of your
faith in God's word that you are healed.
a. Heb 4:14; 10:23--tell us to hold fast to saying the same thing God says.
b. Thank you Lord Jesus for healing me. Thank you, Jesus, for taking my
sicknesses so that I don't have to carry them. Thank you that I am free
from pain and discomfort.
c. When thoughts come to you -- you're not going to get healed, you respond
with: I'm not trying to get healing. Jesus got it for me. I'm not trying to
get healed. I am healed!!
E. Christians struggle with receiving healing through faith in God's word for a number
1. People hear a message or two like this and then try it. They don't get healed
and they get discouraged or decide this doesn't work.
a. It takes time to become fully persuaded that what God promised He will
do no matter how I feel or what I see. Rom 4:21
b. John 15:7--It takes time for God's word to dominate you to the point
where you aren't moved by what you see or feel in your body.
c. Mark 11:23,24--How bad do you want it? You have to desire it.
2. Josh 1:8--Success comes to those who meditate in God's word day and night.
a. For many people, their only exposure to God's invisible kingdom from
which all our help comes, is once or twice a week -- three times tops --
through pastor's sermon.
b. Yet, every moment of the day, we're taking in sense information which
contradicts God's word.
c. Many don't even know we have to counteract all that, let alone do it.
3. It takes time to get control over our mouths to the point where we continually
talk about ourselves and our lives the way God does. James 3:2
4. Many struggle with: How can I say things like -- I'm more than a conqueror,
everything I put my hand to prospers, I'm healed -- when I know it's not true.
I'd be lying.
a. When you say what God says before you see it, you're not lying. That's
what God does. Rom 4:17
b. You need to understand the difference between true and truth.
1. True = what you see; subject to change. II Cor 4:18
2. Truth = God's word; forever settled. John 17:17; Matt 24:35
3. Truth can and will change true in your life -- including sickness in
F. Conclusion: The prayer of faith shall heal the sick. All of us have that promise
1. If you aren't to the place where you can pray the prayer of faith for yourself in
connection with healing, don't be discouraged. Faith grows. II Thess 1:3
2. Faith grows as you feed and exercise it.
a. Begin to obey Joshua 1:8 = feed and exercise your faith.
b. If you have been doing that, but aren't yet seeing the results you desire,
just keep doing it! Say it until you see it!