Right Relationships to God K J V James 5:16 says: 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. 17 Elias (Elijah) was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much Effectual: G1754 díåñãÝù From G1756; to be active, efficient:—do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forth self, work (effectually in). Fervent: Not mentioned in the original text, or the Greek Septuagint Prayer: G1162 äÝçóéò From G1189; a petition:—prayer, request, supplication. Righteous: G1342 äßêáéïò From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively):—just, meet, right (-eous). Availeth: G2480 kó÷ýù From G2479; to have (or exercise) force (literally or figuratively):—beable, avail, can do ([-not]), could, be good, might, prevail, be of strength, be whole, + much work. In the RSV version of the Bible this verse starts out with ―Therefore‖. Now in Bible school, I always told the students that whenever you saw the word ―Therefore‖ go back and look at the previous scriptures and check out why it is ―there for‖. So let is go back to verse 13 and read from there in the Message translation: James 5:12 through James 5:13 (TMNT) And since you know that He cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like ―I swear to God‖ to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can’t be used against you. PRAYER TO BE RECKONED WITH Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out. Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. So what do we learn from this? If you are not living right with God, then your prayers are a waste of time, because there is a barrier between you and God and that is your sin. In this series of scriptures not only does it say that the prayer of faith will heal you, but because you have been obedient to the Word of God and you have called the elders to come and pray for you and to anoint you with oil, then even your sins will be forgiven. Once your sins have been forgiven you are living in a right relationship to God, so your prayers will now be listened to and acted upon – they will be answered – according to God’s will and God’s timing for that particular situation prayed for. Even though the answer you receive to the prayer request maybe different than what you expected, it will be the perfect plan of God for you, at that place and at that time. To realise that you are now walking in the perfect will of God can become an awesome experience. – as said above – something powerful to be reckoned with. When you are walking like this, demons have to flee, because you can call upon all the authority of the Word and all the power of the Holy Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead. You can be victorious in all situations. Halleluyah.