In the book of Matthew, we see a beautiful picture of people bringing sick loved ones to Jesus in hopes that he would heal them.
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.” – Matthew 4:23-24
Imagine how special it would be to physically take a sick loved one to the Savior for healing! Now, consider that God has given every Christian the ability to do this. He tells us that through Christ, we can come boldly in prayer, as we bring our concerns for the sick to him.
How to Pray for the Sick
At any given day, you can find prayer requests for the sick on social media. It is easy to comment “praying” or to simply add the prayer emoji and scroll on to the next post. We can liken this to someone in Galilee telling a friend that they would take him to Jesus for healing and never showing up. Take your commitment to pray sincerely, doing it right then and there before you get distracted and forget your promise.
When sickness seems hopeless, remember that you are praying to the one that is described in Exodus 15:26 as “Jehovah Rapha, The Lord Who Heals”. While we may feel powerless, we can find great hope in that the highest power of all has invited us to the throne, where we can pray for our sick loved ones.
Answer to prayer is one of the biggest blessings in the life of a Christian. When prayer is answered we must not forget to “put on a garment of praise” to the one who provided in our time of need.
“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” – Isaiah 61:3
Putting Prayer for the Sick into Action
At Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) prayer is critical and the central core of our ministry. In addition to praying for the sick, we take action through Community Health Evangelisms (CHE). CHE is a multifaceted approach to Christian ministry that addresses the needs of the whole person—physical, spiritual, emotional, and social. It is a strategic way to facilitate holistic transformational development or integral mission.
In every community, health is a major concern. Many CHE lessons focus on health issues, such as:
- HIV & AIDS– A large series of lessons address issues common to this disease and its effects. Lessons include prevention of HIV, understanding its transmission, care for those bed-bound, helping communities and churches reduce the stigma faced by people living with HIV, meeting needs of children orphaned by AIDS, and more.
- CHE for the Disabled-Around the world there is a strong correlation between disability and poverty. Skills training for caregivers, access to health care, simple rehabilitation, and inclusion in education/community life/church life are all vital components of this program. Our goal is to reduce the stigma of being disabled.
One example of how simple changes can bring major health improvements is currently happening in a CHE Community in Southwest Nigeria. MAI’s Regional Coordinator for West Africa and Chairman of the Global CHE Network, Williams Adebayo Obaweya, shares this encouraging report:
“We continue to train on COVID-19 pandemic and how to protect oneself. However, we also realized that malaria is the number one [infection] killer in Africa. MAI and Worthwhile Limited started a malaria reduction program by partnering with an organization producing mosquito repellent that provides 16 hours protection. We are raising funds to continue with the packaging into sachets for rural dwellers across West Africa. Our goal is to ask for subsidy of 20 cents per sachet of repellent to be able to serve more people. That translated to $6.00 per person in a month. Hopefully, interest parties could see that CHE approach could be the needed tool for communities and governments to follow.”
Become a MAI Prayer Ambassador
“Our Prayer Ambassadors are committed to pray for MAI’s ministry, worldwide staff and field projects. Each month, our Prayer Ambassadors receive a guide by email listing specific needs to pray for throughout the month. They also receive the yearly Worldwide Day of Prayer booklet to use during the month of January. Sign up to be a MAI Prayer Ambassador. We appreciate the prayers offered on our behalf and look forward to serving as good and faithful stewards of the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to us.”
– Dr. Ravi Jayakaran, President