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The Healing Power of Prayer


Sermon shared by Adrian Rogers

March 2012
Summary: James explains to us how to pray for healing: There’s the confession that precedes it. There’s the intercession that provides it, there’s the illustration that proves it.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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God begins to heal minds. God begins to heal spirits and God begins to heal bodies. Not only is there restoration, there is reconciliation. Did you know that when we begin to confess our faults that God just brings us together as we confess our faults one to another? There are many people here who have resentment against someone else, if this is an average church and an average crowd. And, those resentments have been festering and festering and festering. Now, when we begin to confess our faults one to another you’re going to find that the festering sores of resentment and distrust begin to evaporate and begin to melt away. There is restoration, there is reconciliation, and there is revival that comes when we confess our faults one to another and pray for one another. You can study the history of revival. And, you’re going to find out that every great revival is marked, absolutely marked and saturated with this one thing that I’m talking about, a confession of fault one to another.

Now, most of us are trying to save face and that’s the one thing we need to lose. Most of us are trying to maintain our dignity rather than have revival. I remember hearing Dr. Charlie Culpepper and Ms. Bertha Smith tell of the great Shantung revival. And, they said that the mark of that revival that was so powerful there in China that the missionaries began to confess their faults one to another and pray one for another. If you study the history of revival in the great awakening it began when people began to confess their faults one to another and pray one for another.

It was true in the book of Acts. Turn to Acts chapter 19 with me for a moment and look if you will in verse 18, Acts 19:18. I want you to notice a mighty revival that took place. The Bible says in verse 18, “And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.” And, what was the result of confession and repentance? That is getting rid of the books on the occult and burning those things and destroying those things and being open with brothers and sisters and confessing their faults and saying pray for me and I pray for you. What was the result of it? Look in verse 20. “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” (Acts 19:20). That is, the Word of God spread and the Word of God had power because there was confession in the church.

Do you know what real revival is? Do you know what real spiritual power is? It is not just getting the roof off. It is getting the walls down. You say, “What do you mean by that, preacher?” Many of us are content to confess our sins to the Lord, to confess our faults to the Lord, we’re glad to get the roof off, but we sure don’t want to get the walls down, do we? I mean, we don’t want anybody
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