The Role Of Elders

James says that if we are in trouble, we should pray. He also said that if we are happy, we should praise the Lord. Then, he says that if we are sick, we should reach out to the elders of the church for prayer.

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 (NIV)

This is a practice that has fallen by the wayside. It raises several questions in my mind. Are the elders in our churches too busy? Do they feel inadequate? Do we just forget to call them? When should we call them? For a common cold or for something like cancer? I think that the principle in mind here is that the elders in our churches should be available and aware. They need to care for the sheep in their flocks and be involved in their lives. It’s a very tough job and people need to be understanding when it comes to the elders in their church. Elders also need to be ready and willing to pray for their flock when called upon to do so.

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