by Steve Wagers

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Making an Appointment with Dr. Jesus! (18 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 5:13-18
August 14, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. The Problem that Requires God to Hear!
A. Those Suffering from External Pressure
B. Those Stricken with Internal Pain
2. The Process that Releases God to Heal!
A. An Unavoidable Responsibility!
B. An Inescapable Accountability!
3. The Prayer that Requests God to Hear!
A. Approached Sincerely!
B. Asked Earnestly!
C. Answered Immensely!

1. In the ancient Roman city of Pergamos stood temples to the Greek, now Roman, god of healing, Asclepius, son of Apollo. Because a snake is rejuvenated annually by shedding its old skin, a serpent, coiled around Asclepius' staff, became the symbol for healing, still used by doctors today. In fact, doctors who take the Hippocratic Oath, upon graduation from medical school, must recite, "I swear by.....Asclepius.....and all the gods and goddesses." [1]

2. I think of the young pastor who had just taken his first church. He was making hospital visits one day, when he visited one of elderly members. She was one of the "old-timers" who was full of God, and full of faith. The doctors had not given her long to live, but she still believed that God could heal her and raise her up.

3. Before the pastor left, she asked him to pray over her. She said, "Pastor, I want you to pray that God will touch me, heal my body, and raise me up off of this bed of affliction, if it be His will." The pastor agreed just to appease the woman, without expecting God to do anything about her condition.

4. While he prayed, he could hear a noise coming from her bed. He looked up and noticed that she was pulling the IV's out of her arm, she took the braces off of her leg, and she got up and began walking around the room, shouting, and praising God for healing her.

5. Needless to say, the young pastor had never seen anything like this before, so he high-tailed it ou ...

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