The Prayer Of Faith
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.
The Cure For Spiritual Weakness
There are times in our life when we can become spiritually sick. Just as our physical bodies get sick with a virus or an infection our faith can also become weak and feeble. We can take an antibiotic for our bodies to help fight infections but what do we do when we are spiritually sick? Is there a prescription for spiritual weakness?
We must understand that there are seasons in life when we are faithful and strong and then there are times when our faith is weak. It’s during these times of weak faith when we are most vulnerable. This is when we quit reading and studying our Bible and we don’t pray as much as we did before. This is what James is referring to in James 5:13-18. He is writing to Believers who have been persecuted and are at their point of giving up and giving in. It takes a lot of strength to stay spiritually strong in our walk with the Lord. Jesus never promised us that it would be easy. However, James gives great advice for us to get spiritually healed.
The first step of spiritual healing is to recognize that you are sick and weak. Until you recognize your spiritual condition, nothing will change. The second step is to surround yourself with strong, spiritual people. These are the ones whose faith is so strong that it rubs off on others. Everyone needs a strong faithful person in their life. Third, you need to rely on the Holy Spirit to nourish your mind and soul through the Word of God. God wants to restore you to be the person He has called you to be. Stay strong and be encouraged.
If you are spiritually weak pray for God to send you someone who can lift you up in faith and encouragement. If you are spiritually strong, pray for God to help you find someone who is weak and help them get back to where they need to be.