Does God heal today?

Jesus healed everyone who asked for healing, and in James 5:14-15 it sounds like God still heals everyone who asks for healing because anyone “anointed with oil in the name of the Lord” will be made well “and the Lord will raise him up.”

So why do Christians die from the same illnesses everyone else does? Why? Because Jesus didn’t create his church to deal with our physical illnesses. That’s the job of a hospital. Instead, God sent Jesus “to bless you as you turn, one by one, from your evil ways,” Acts 3:26. Jesus gets to the heart and core of what’s wrecking our lives, and bit by bit that’s what he heals. And in context that’s the healing James was after for the Christians in his care too, because they had all kinds of problems messing up their lives – which James spends most of his book writing about. He also knew from experience that if they got their problems out into the open, took them to God with the help of ministers and friends, God would answer, because it was that kind of healing they were in the church for.

It worked for Jesus. While he was human, evil constantly threatened to overwhelm him too, so he cried out to God to save him from it, Hebrews 5:7, and every time God answered. And while we’re human, Jesus does the same thing for us. “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God (Jesus) keeps him safe, and the evil done does not touch him,” 1 John 5:18. Jesus wants sin to stop wrecking our lives. He wants to make us well. He wants to raise us up without all the problems and baggage that ruined our lives before. He wants to protect us from the devil’s influence and rescue us from all the junk that wrecks our relationships with God and people.

And all James asks is that we admit it when a problem has us licked. Admit it to friends and ministers, because if they’re praying for us to be healed, that kind of prayer “avails much,” James 5:16. It converts sinners, heals minds, keeps us thinking straight, and it brings us back from the brink, verses 19-20.

So in asking the question, “Does God heal?” James would answer “Yes, of course he does,” because in James’ experience any time a person got serious enough about an “evil way” in his life (Acts 3:26) to actually ask others to pray for him, God always answered.


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