James has been writing about the importance of prayer in the Church…
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)
I explained yesterday how I believe the healing James is talking about is more of a spiritual healing, but it still has a physical component, because when things aren’t right spiritually, it also affects us physically.
When James tells us to confess our sins to one another, he is not telling us to broadcast all our failures to everyone in the congregation. He is telling us to make things right with people we have sinned against. There is a great relief that comes from mending broken relationships. It can actually help us to feel better physically.
James says that the prayer of a righteous person has great power. That leads to an interesting question: who is a righteous person? I believe it is anyone who believes in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and has His Holy Spirit living inside of them. When we come to Christ, we are clothed in His righteousness, and have a righteous position before God.
The Bible does teach there are things that can hinder our prayers – (for example, un-forgiveness) – but we don’t have to be “Super Christians” to have an effective prayer life. If we are Born Again, we enjoy direct access to God’s throne through prayer, made possible by the blood of Jesus, our Saviour.
So Christian, pray fervently! Enjoy this privilege that you have been given! Your prayers are working! They are making a difference, because God has chosen to work through your prayers!
Today’s Good News is that the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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