Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)
The word “fervent” means to have intense feeling and enthusiasm for something. In the book of James, the writer uses it in the context of effective prayer. Effectual is the producing of or being able to produce a desired effect.
Righteous means to be morally right or justifiable. To be virtuous. To act in accordance with Devine or moral law. To be righteous is to be right with our Father, God. Remember not to confuse righteous with self righteousness. If one is self righteous, it goes against the will of God. A pure and honest heart is a very crucial element of being righteous. Psalms 51 speaks about creating in me a clean heart, and renewing a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit away from me.
The definition of renew is to return to, begin again, restart, or recommence.
The word “availeth” is the Greek word “ischuo” from the root word “ischus.” God’s Word is its own context for study. Ischuo is used 28 times in the New Testament.
Acts 19:10 says that for two years the believers continued learning and speaking God’s Word and that All of ASIA heard the Word. In Acts 19:20 the word of God grew in the lives of the believers until it prevailed. It had great effectiveness. People were healed and the adversary was conquered in their lives.
We who are righteous in Christ Jesus. We have God’s Word and the spirit of God living within. When we pray for one another, our prayers have power. They are effective, and powerful and shall be done with all sincerity.
Who is your source of power? Below are a list of Bible verses. Please read through these Bible verses and go to God in prayer. We are able to ask God for the wisdom and knowledge of how He wants us to pray, as well as, what He wants us to pray for.
Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
James 5:14-16 If there is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayers of a righteous man has great power.