Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Prayer is a powerful weapon.
When you pray, you connect with God and release the power of heaven into any situation. Through prayer, people have been saved, healed, and transformed.
Two phrases jump out at me in this promise.
The first is “Effective Prayer.” Effective prayer comes from a righteous person. A righteous person doesn’t have to be perfect or sinless. A righteous person is someone who is living a God-centered and God-dependent life.
You may be thinking that only special, and mature Christians can pray effectively. You don’t have to have a special anointing or be a preacher to pray effectively. One of my favorite verses on pray comes right after this promise.
In James 5:17, James says that Elijah prayed, and it didn’t rain. Then he prayed again, and it did rain. Now here is the part that blows me away – “Elijah was as human as you are…” Wow, Elijah prayed with power, and yet he was a person just like you and me.
When you pray, things happen. God gets involved in the situation and begins working in the situation.
The second phase is “can accomplish much.”
When you pray, you are not just talking out loud.
Prayer is not an exercise for the weak-minded to make them feel better. Prayer is connecting with the creator God and bringing His power and will into a situation.
Prayer releases heavenly forces to battle against the work of Satan in a situation. When you pray, your prayers will accomplish much because of your righteousness in Christ, and your faith that God will work.
Look at that promise again.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. – James 5:16
Make this confession
When I pray, I bring God into my circumstances. My prayers are powerful because God is directing them. My prayers are effective because I have Christ’s righteousness. When I pray, I release spiritual forces to bring about God’s will.
In Jesus name, Amen
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