Devotion for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. ~ James 5:13-18

I am blessed to belong to a church that believes in the power of prayer, a church where the elders, along with a team of intercessors, lay hands on the sick and pray over them. I was healed of a neurological condition through the prayers of the faithful, and I’ve seen many others miraculously healed of a variety of ailments. God is God, and He alone is the Healer. He doesn’t answer every prayer for healing, but we are told to pray in faith.

Lord God, thank You for the healing You have manifested in my life. Thank You that we are told to pray for the sick and that the effective prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much. Give me faith to pray and expect miracles. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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