Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (Jas 5:13-16)
Just as we give our children what they ask for when they ask for something that we already want to give them, so it is with our perfect Heavenly Father. He loves us, and commended that love in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, He not only wants what is best for us, but He wants to bless us and provide for us according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him who does not change, and He already wants to give us what is best for us and what we need as we sojourn in this sinful and broken world, and do His will and accomplish His work while we are here until He is done with us and takes us Home to be with Him.
Until that day, we are to encourage one another, pray for one another, and forgive one another, that we may show ourselves faithful and that we are His disciples and members of His family and of His body, the Church, and members in particular. We are to pray for our ministries and those who serve as we minister to those around us who are hurting and in need. We are to pray for one another in love and for our growth as we encourage and exhort one another, and disciple one another in His Word to the edification of His people. We are to pray for our witness, as we take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this lost and dying world, and as we go in the power of the Holy Spirit, praying for those who hear the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in Him and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary, that they might believe and receive eternal life in His Name.
For GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to trust Him and what He has already done for you to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.