Aug. 30, 2020

What Does James 5:15 Mean?

What Does James 5:15 Mean?

James 5:15a (NIV): And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. 

Have you ever said this to yourself? 

If I just believe hard enough, God will heal me.” OR 

“If I just have enough faith, God will heal my loved one.” 

I mean, come on, we’ve probably all had it preached at us before…“If you just have enough faith you will be healed.” And they use James 5:15 to make their claim. 

But then the healing never comes, and you’re left wondering what you did wrong 🤷‍♀️ 

I’ve been there. I know your frustration 😩

There is ONE word in the original Greek language that will completely change how you read this scripture and understand what God is doing in your life. 

My prayer is that today’s quick, but powerful Bible study will help you grasp what James 5:15 means on a much deeper level.

I invite you to listen, and if God lays in on your heart to share with someone who is believing for their healing, could you please share it with them? 

In today's 2-minute Bible Study Podcast, you will discover:

  • The ONE Greek word that completely changes the meaning of this verse 
  • Why doesn't God heal us instantly
  • What to do until you are healed

Listen now!

Keeping the faith,


Did you know that you can easily listen to this Bible Study podcast on your Amazon smart speaker?

All you have to do is say "ALEXA, PLAY BIBLE STUDY.” 


Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

As we bring James’ letter to a close this week, James focuses on the importance of prayer and our relationship with God. In Chapter 5 verse 14, James told us that when you are really sick, it’s your responsibility to call for the elders of the church and have them pray over you. 

And we pick up today in V. 15 which says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up."

So, so many debates result from this verse right here. Is James saying that if we pray with faith that we will be healed of our sickness? I mean, come on, how many times have you heard you didn’t get your healing because you just didn’t have enough faith? And they’re using this verse to make their case. 

This is where the Greek tense reveals a lot. When James uses the word “will”, as in your prayer of faith WILL make you well. God WILL raise them up, he uses the future tense here. It does not indicate instantaneous action. 

You see, God’s ultimate purpose for you is to develop a relationship with Him. How do you do that? With prayer. 

Do you remember how James began his whole letter saying that God sends us trials to strengthen us? To prepare us for a greater calling? And during those trials, we are to ask God for wisdom, and He will freely give it to us. How do you do that? With prayer. 

Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. And as you wait for your healing (whether in this lifetime or in heaven) you are to draw closer to God and be strengthened by his grace to endure until your healing comes. 

You see, the Bible never promises that all believers will be healed in this life. Even the Apostle Paul wasn’t healed of his thorn in the flesh.

But James does give us 2 things to do when we’re sick:

First, we must ask God for healing. James told us previously we have not because we ask not. 

Second, we must pray in faith. 

Faith says “God I know that you exist. I seek your gift of faith to be physically healed, but more than anything God I desire that your will be done. If I am healed, I will praise you. If you chose to not heal me, I will still praise you.”

So your simple truth for today: When you’re sick, pray in faith with the elders of your church and until your healing comes, you continue praying and growing closer to God. And no matter what happens, God is still good, and He loves you with an everlasting love. 

Please subscribe and share this podcast with people God has laid on your heart. I’m Julie Carruth, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.