“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14 I grew up in a church where this rarely happened or if it did, it happened secretly and wasn’t open or visible. But recently I’ve joined a team of people at our church in California to pray for the sick, for those who are really in need. We go to their house and we worship. One of the members of the team has a guitar and we sing together and get into the presence of the Lord. When the time comes to anoint with oil, there’s a surrender on the part of the person who is ill. They surrender their future, their hopes, their desires, and their fears to God. That kind of surrender is powerful. At the same time, there is also hope in the room. There’s hope because as we’ve worshiped, we’ve experienced who God is, we see Him and know Him. We know that where God is there is always hope—that the tomb is not the end, that the ground will shake, and the stone will roll away, and He becomes alive. There is power there. The Spirit of the Lord was in that room as we were there to anoint the person with oil and pray for their healing. You could feel it and sense the way that the Spirit was bringing people together. When we left, the person who had asked us to pray for them sang a song of blessing, a song of hope, a song that brought us to the very throne of God. Praying for the sick is not an option. Praying for the sick is obedience.