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I recently attended a fascinating and enlightening retreat at Abington Memorial Hospital; the session focused on new initiatives of medical healing. One of the brochures distributed had some deep and profound words that resonated in my heart. The brochure simply said, “The power to heal”. As I thought about those deep and profound words, I thought about our scripture lesson in today’s devotion. The scripture in James 5:13 reads in this manner:

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.”

James in this epistle gives instructions to those who are afflicted. He begins by saying let them pray and sing. James indicates when sickness occurs there are two methods of relief one needs to take. The first is prayer, for there is power in prayer and there is healing in prayer. The second is that of singing songs of praise. This is the ministry of healing. In the following verses, he speaks about calling the elders of the church and having them anoint in the name of the Lord. He also talks about praying with the prayer of faith. Let me add right here, when we pray we thank God for the knowledge, compassion, and healing hands of those in the medical field. Certainly, when one is sick they need to see a physician. In no way does this take away from the power of prayer or singing God’s praises. I would argue strongly, they go hand in hand. Medical professionals have documented that those who have faith and prayer are given the force of spiritual power. That force sometimes transcends what the medical field is able to do. Remember, the gifts those in the medical field possess are gifts given by God. He also gives to His people the gifts of healing through the power of prayer.

James 5:13 (NLT)