15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (KJV, James 5:15-16)
Today two people requested prayers for a sick loved-one, which reminded me that I have been planning to share this, my favorite prayer for healing.
Being as I am a Christian with a long way to go on my spiritual journey, I rely heavily on my study Bible. It suggests that the message of verse 15 may be though of as “The prayer produced by that faith will heal.” Of course, we know God’s will is not always to heal, so we must discern God’s will and accept it. I especially like this prayer because it encompasses these points. I found it on the internet and unfortunately do not know the original source.
You know Eliot so much better than I do. You know his illness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask You to be with Eliot now as you work in his life.
Lord, let Your will be done in Eliot’s life. If there is a sin that needs to be confessed and forgiven, please help him to see his need and confess.
Lord, I pray for Eliot just as Your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe You hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of Your promise. I have faith in You, Lord, to heal Eliot, but I also trust in the plan You have for his life.
Lord, I don’t always understand Your ways. I don’t know why Eliot has to suffer, but I trust You. I ask that You look with mercy and grace on Eliot. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him with Your presence.
Let Eliot know You are there with him through this difficulty. Give him strength. And may You, through this difficulty, be glorified in his life and also in mine.