[Column] Pray for the Anointing of Healing

In the fourth grade, I was suffering from epilepsy. Although the doctor said it was incurable, my mother patiently and intently prayed for my healing and I received a divine vision a year later as a result. Jesus Christ was in the living room wearing a white robe. His hands bore the wounds from Crucifixion and His face and robe radiated with a bright splendor. As I knelt down before Him, He came closer step by step and said, “My dearest Younggi, I love you and I will heal you.” After this vision, I no longer had any more seizures and was completely healed. Soon after I received healing, God also granted me the baptism in the Spirit and wisdom.

When we are stricken with diseases, we experience discomfort and pain. It is customarily believed that all diseases warrant immediate medical attention and treatments. That is true. Most of us have limited knowledge of physiology, diet, lifestyle, and health. However, many people as well as physician must realize that physical health is related to mental and spiritual states. Just as there is a physiological mechanism behind medical treatment such as drug prescription and therapy, there is a spiritual mechanism behind God’s healing.

James 5:14-15 read: “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” To a believer, restoring God’s blessing is more important than going to the hospital for physical healing. The verse 14 says the elders should be called in. Elders in today’s church are pastors. The sick and the suffering should meet with pastors, confess unbelief in God and sins, and seek God’s grace. Then the channel of grace is cleared and healing quickens.

A church pastor is not just an average individual, but a public figure. For this reason, he prays for the suffering faithful on behalf of God. When he prays for healing, it is not he who heals. Rather, it is God who heals. The verse 14 reads, “[A]noint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” Anointing in this context has two meanings: (1) Application of oil on the sick. At the time, perfumed oil was often poured on the sick and even consumed in sickness. (2) Application of oil as a sign of the restoration of grace and healing by the Holy Spirit.

When a pastor anoints and prays, there are spiritual restoration and freedom from sin. There are times when divine healing is prevented by sin. That is why the Bible says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). Confession of sins by the faithful has a remarkable power. Acknowledging sinful deeds and seeking God’s healing break the bondage of sins and diseases. When an ordained servant of God anoints, the power of the Holy Spirit abounds and healing eventually takes place. In the Bible, there are two instances of Jesus Christ’s anointing upon His public ministry: evangelization and healing (Luke 4:18-19). Healing through anointing is from the Holy Spirit and is facilitated by our faith. In the cases of Apostle Paul and Jesus Christ, it can be seen that healing is passed onto others (Acts 19:11-12; Mark 5:25-34). Regardless of the severity of your diseases, God wants to heal you. Have faith and seek the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for God’s anointing for healing. As you pray, miracles and healing will follow.

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