Christian Pilgrim


18. Prayer for Others is Effectual

James 5:15,16 - "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."

The prayer of faith of the elders shall save (note not necessarily "heal") the sick.

1 John 5:16 - "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."

Matthew 9:2 - "And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee."

Mark 2:5 - "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee."

Luke 5:20 - "And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee."

Note it was when Christ saw THEIR faith that He healed the paralytic.

John 20:23 - "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

This verse is very often misunderstood. On the face of it it seems to suggest that men have been given the real power to forgive sins on this earth, but this is far from the case. After all, "Who can forgive sins but God only?" (Mark 2:7). What this verse is really saying is that if we forgive others their sins against us, God may indeed forgive their sins against Him. In other words, if we forgive men their sins against us, it may be a means which God uses of bringing the other person to the knowledge of forgiveness of sins againt Himself. In other words, it is a good witness!