I hope everyone will be able to join me this Sunday morning at Dakota for the second of three final messages on prayer to wrap up the Epistle of James Series.
The sermons are entitled; “Effective Prayer” (Parts1-3)
In addition to praying for the sick, James now also commands the elders to anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord; “and the prayer of faith will save the sick man”
What does James think that the anointing will accomplish?
The practice is mentioned only one other time in the New Testament when Jesus sent out the twelve in Mark 6. Unfortunately, Mark gives no more of an explanation for the anointing than does James.
Theologians and scholars have debated the meaning of the practice for a long time. Is the oil meant to carry a medicinal effect? Is it to be viewed sacramentally or is it to be taken as some kind of symbolic reference, perhaps to the Holy Spirit?
I hope to see you all this Sunday morning!