James 5:14-15 makes an exclusive reference to “The Prayer of Faith” ~ “Is anyone among you sick? 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. 15And 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.”
Have you ever wondered what the prayer of faith is? Why didn’t he lay it out in detail so we could all easily pray it when someone needs healed?
I believe it’s because the prayer of faith is not a specific script that is to be read or recited. If you have ever listened to “Word of Faith” teaching; you would hear their emphasis on faith-filled words specifically, from the Word of God. That is definitely a very valid practice but, is that truly faith? Not necessarily.
Although “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”; the truth is that faith is more than speaking the right words with our mouth. Faith is expressed from our mouth but, faith comes from the heart and “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
There is clearly a connection between the heart and the mouth regarding faith but, Romans 10:10 conveys a profound spiritual law. Maybe it’s the “Law of faith”… Rom.10:“10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Remember Jesus said ~ “Have faith in God. 23“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” (Mark 11:22b,23)
Interestingly, a few more literal versions say “Have the faith of God“. Because faith is also a gift from God and everyone who has Holy Spirit has a spirit of faith. But that faith must be released into our heart and our heart filled with faith and empty of all doubt! Not even a tiny bit of doubt is permissible!
Consider how James articulated at the very beginning of his letter how we pray in faith. ~ 1:”5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting…7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Time and time again; the emphasis is that we must have absolutely no doubt and speak it! Maybe the “prayer of faith” isn’t so much the words you use or whether you ask God or thank him for already giving it to you (Mark 11:24 ) but however you pray; you do it according to His words in a way that it strengthens your belief that God is giving it!