You cannot heal an infected wound without it first being properly cleaned, treated and properly dressed. Why do we think that our deep inner wounds will just go away without intervention?

James 5:
13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you ill? He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up—and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.

Today we are looking at personal suffering. Where does it hurt? Where do we feel inadequate, broken and overly sensitive? We may behave optimistically when we feel good, but prayer is an opportunity to explore that which gives us great pain.

Physical and emotional suffering gives us an opportunity to call for the pastors and mature believers to pray for our relief and healing. Anointing with oil signifies the healing work that needs to be done here. God wants to use the faith that others have to assist your recovery.

Sometimes we have sin in our lives that complicates our condition. As we learn to be transparent and confess our faults we change from suffering alone to trusting God for our help. You do not get better if you keep your symptoms hidden from a doctor. Likewise, we come to our soul doctors to examine the wound and apply God’s grace and truth to the issues.


Prayer Prompts

1.     Start with thanking God for any blessings of health and wellness that you are experiencing. Thank God for any healing and recovery that you have experienced in the past and how that changed your life.

2.     Are you physically ill or have a condition? Describe any ways that you feel ‘off’, wounded or sins that you struggle with. Go to prayer to confess your faults and then pray for each other to be healed, restored and delivered.

3.     Pray for others in the church and your circle of relationships that are sick, wounded or struggling. Ask God to activate us in a good plan of care for one another.

4.     In prayer thank Jesus for all the ways that he can identify with us in suffering and temptation.

5.     Ask God to personally give you a name or two of people that you can bring some comfort and encouragement to. Who needs to hear from you?

Philippians 2:
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.