C. The Lord will Heal
It is God's power that heals. The prayer, anointing, and the calling out of Jesus name are not a magical rite. It is an opening for God's power to intervene. Alec Motyer speaks of the advance of medical knowledge, and says the discovery of medicines and the perfecting of surgical techniques are without doubt examples of the providential goodness of God. We must be careful lest we over-value the marvelous and the miraculous at the expense of the mundane and the providential¡¨ [The Message of James, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1985), 192].
If we acknowledge God's sovereign hand in our bad times as well as the good, then our eyes should be on the Lord even when we go to the doctor. If an aspirin works, it is the Lord who makes it work. When a broken bone is set and it mends, it is the Lord who makes it mend. Every good gift is from above! Pay the doctor and praise the Lord!
Genuine prayer is always a commitment to the will of God, and it is best expressed in patience as we wait to see what He will do. The statement is without qualification: the prayer of faith will save the sick! This stands among the great prayer promises of the Bible. Jesus said, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven¡¨ (Matthew 18:19). He also promised His disciples, I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father¡¨ (John 14:13).
These promises are given so that we might come with confidence to the place of prayer. They tell of an omnipotent God who can do all things, who is so generous that He will not withhold good from us, and whose ears are open to our every word. They do not allow us come with a stubborn insistence that we've got it right, and our will must be done. We are not to try to whip up a believing spirit, or pretend that we have it when we do not.
Prayers for healing are qualified by the recognition that God's will is supreme. In the New Testament, for one reason or another God did not always heal even great people of faith. Paul's thorn in the flesh, and the sickness of some of his friends are examples. Our faith must always be in the God whose will is supreme and best. To pray in Jesus name is not just an incantation, but also a submission to His will and authority.
We should pray for the sick with confidence that God will answer that prayer and bring healing. Such faith cannot be manufactured, no matter how gifted, insistent, or righteous we are. Our responsibility is to pray and to leave the results with God.
Jesus Christ has placed in the hands of the church the keys of the kingdom (Mt 16:19). One of these keys will set men and women free from the power and authority of Satan. We need to use this key wisely but resolutely. It will not fit every lock. But the locks it does fit will spring open at the name of Jesus Christ. The authority Jesus had to deliver people from satanic powers has been bequeathed to the church. It may be used wherever and whenever it is appropriate [Michael Harper, The Healings of Jesus (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1986), 51].