Television is full of errant preaching. There are those who make sport preying on the infirm. Many channels carry these charlatans. I do not apologize for such words, because these wolves fleece the flock (Mt. 7:15). The hopeless and terminal attend their seminars, spending what they don’t have, and hoping for a glimpse of the hem. Shysters! One in particular, is clothed in white, as the appearance of an angel, with those around him darkly clad. This is a common ploy and it’s used to focus on one individual. The Bible is clear that Christ is to be the focus and not Benny!
If folk would follow God’s instructions and apply His directions, we wouldn’t have a need for snake-oil peddlers. God says in James 5:14-15, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him…and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up….” There are no ‘healers’ and the ‘gift’ of healing is non existent today (pertaining to humans). However, there is wonder-working power in prayer. You’ve heard of the ‘key to the city’; well prayer is ‘the key to God’s heart’. Luther said, “Just as a shoemaker makes a shoe, and a tailor a coat, so also ought the Christian to pray. The Christian’s trade is praying. And the prayer of the Church works great miracles….” Undeniably, the only answer for the sick.
A couple of years ago, what I thought to be a short procedure, turned into a close encounter. Upon discovery, the ‘telegraph’ lines were burning in many states across the union (an advantage to living all over equals more prayer partners). I was knocking on death’s door, but I had confident assurance that God had me, because of these Biblical promises. Furthermore, I was being prayed for coast to coast; border to border. I had a small powerhouse of prayer warriors at my local Texas church keeping God mindful of me. Not only were they shaking the rafters of Heaven, but they made sure my wife had all her needs met and prayed with her; as she for me.
“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (Ja. 5:16). These folk were just that-righteous warriors; among the best in my national prayer arsenal. I didn’t know the outcome, but I knew all would be well. God let me know in the wee hours of the morning, that it was a “win-win”. He gave me peace (that passeth all understanding-Php. 4:7) knowing that when I opened my eyes, I would see my loving wife or my loving Saviour. Man, you just can’t beat God’s formula.