Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? 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 will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
by: Katie Brown.
When we are part of the Church, we have the opportunity to share our burdens with others who then have the privilege and responsibility to uplift and pray with us. God did not mean for us to live out our lives outside of Biblical community. The author of James instructed Christians to seek the elders of our church when we are sick and need physical healing. The elders can anoint with oil and pray for the sick church members in the name of the Lord. This is another way the Church can lift each other up while trusting God for the healing.