The Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 17:22 that “A merry heart does good, like a medicine.” Though the Bible contains much humor, it rarely comments about it. However, there is a forthright praise of one’s capacity to laugh. Sometimes when one is sick or depressed, it is difficult to laugh. Pray that God will give you the spirit of laughter. It will help to bring healing to your spirit if not to your whole body. It is apparent that God is restoring joy to the Church and that includes laughter. We must be willing to change or God will by-pass us. He wants to put new wine in to new wine skins.
Partaking of Holy Communion, the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper.
Throughout my years of ministry I have taught that divine healing is in the Atonement. We know from Scripture that Jesus received stripes in his back for our healing.
The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or the Eucharist can be a significant vehicle for the manifest presence of God to be revealed in our worship. When we participate in the act of communion, which is a sacrament or ordinance of the church, we are reminded of the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, as well as our Healer. It is in this act of remembering the death of our Savior until He comes again that we can appropriate healing for our body, mind, and spirit as we receive the bread (body) and fruit of the vine (grape juice or wine) in Holy Communion. This experience is indeed a mystery, but one that produces great results.
Last, but not least, you should call for the elders of the church for the prayer of faith and anointing with oil.
In the Book of James the Apostle James, a half brother of our Lord Jesus Christ, writes these words, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 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” (James 5:14-15).
I like the rendering that Eugene Peterson gives of these two verses in The Message, “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you will oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.” Jesus often touched others—blessing children, washing feet, healing injuries or disease, and raising people from the dead. Touching others gently and lovingly with healing prayers is a tangible expression of the healing Christ, working in and through those who minister in His Name—the Name of Jesus!
Obedience to God’s Word is essential to being healed by God. The early church practiced anointing the people for healing. Our denomination has anointed the sick since our early days of existence. The laying on of hands and anointing with oil coupled with the prayer of faith is a means by which God can do a special work of healing in a person’s life. We should seek to be obedient and submit ourselves to the authority of the church.
Remember that God has the final Word!
Nothing is impossible for God!
“Rise and be healed in the Name of Jesus.”