16. “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”
James 5:16-18 NKJV
What power! Not because Elijah was special–he wasn’t. But because he was righteous in the sight of God and because he knew God would hear his prayers
May your prayers be more powerful than Elijah’s! May your prayers have the power to cause heaven to rain down blessings of all descriptions upon individuals, families, communities and nations!
The Amplified Version reads:
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
James 5:16 AMPC
Tremendous power, dynamic in its working. That is power capable of blessing people, changing circumstances, solving problems, defeating devils, and establishing destinies.
In junior high school, I learned the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential energy is the stored energy of an object at rest. Kinetic energy is the energy of an object in motion. By the application of some type of force to the object at rest, potential energy can be transformed to kinetic energy, generating a huge amount of power that can get amazing results.
Jesus promised that you will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes into you. This means the power of the One who created the world out of nothing is inside of you. And this means all the power you need for success in life is within you. All the power you need to triumph is inside of you.
Power that can change any circumstance, solve any problem, defeat any devil resides in you!.
It’s there but may be dormant, inactive, unused. It is potential power waiting to be put into motion; to become dynamic power, power that is working, moving to change people, circumstances and things.
Now, what can you do to put all of this potential, divine power resting in you into motion, so that it can strengthen you to endure any challenge, change any circumstance, solve any problem, and cause any devil or witch to flee? You can pray.
James assures us and Elijah’s example proves it. Prayer, the heartfelt prayer of the righteous, makes tremendous power available. Your prayers can set the power of the Holy Spirit into motion.
But notice, it not everybody who prays who gets this result. It is not everybody’s prayer that generates power to make things happen. James qualified his statement by saying, it is the prayer of the righteous man that accomplishes this.
It is the prayer of the man who is right in God’s sight, right in the sight of the law, and who knows he is righteous in God’s sight and is standing on righteous ground as he prays that can move heaven and earth and hell.
And this is where the blood of Jesus comes in, why the blood is so essential to prayer.
The only thing that can make a man righteous is the blood of Jesus. Not the law—for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But the blood of Jesus!
Rom. 5:9. “Much more than, having been justified by the blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
So it is the blood that makes a man righteous before God. Therefore, it is the blood that makes your prayers possible and powerful!
Without the blood, your prayers won’t produce enough power to even blow your nose. You will holler and shout all day, just like the false prophets of Baal. Yet, nothing will happen.
But when you are standing on the blood of Jesus, you are righteous in God’s sight. And when the righteous man prays, his prayers get answered. And when they do, they generate power, tremendous power, power so great, no devil or circumstance can stand up to it
Child of God, the blood makes you righteous. The blood makes your prayer possible and powerful. Pray, therefore, knowing that the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous avail much!
Why are you tempted to do the things you do? Why after you have decided you will not engage in a particular sinful behavior do you find yourself still being strongly tempted to do so, and unfortunately losing your battle time and time again? From where does temptation get its power?
James helps to provide us with answers. Read More
For forty days and nights, it rained cats and dogs. The intense rain flooded the entire earth with water for a hundred and fifty days. Every human being died, except for Noah’s family. You can read about one of the worst disasters the earth has ever faced in the book of Genesis, chapters 6 thru 10. This was an act of divine judgment! Read More
Are sinners “in the hands of an angry God?” Is God mad with us? Is He judging and pouring out His wrath upon us today? No, non, nada, nein!
Listen to this:
“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2 NKJV) Read More
Paul warns in I Timothy 4 that in the latter days men will depart from “the faith” by giving heed to deceiving spirits and “doctrines of demons.” Lest we be deceived, we need to be on our guard. But how do we recognize these demonic doctrines? Let’s see.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (I Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV) Read More
When you are ill and you go to your doctor, you know how important it is for him to diagnose your condition correctly. When a doctor misdiagnoses a condition, he will prescribe the wrong treatment, which can lead to prolonged suffering and even death. If you have a tumor in your head that needs to come out, you don’t want your doctor treating it as a mere headache and prescribing Tylenol. A misdiagnosis, or under-diagnosis, in such a case could prove fatal. I have had more than one relative to die because the wrong medication was administered as the result of a wrong medical dagnosis. Read More
Satan is “going about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Jesus called him a thief who comes “to steal, to kill and to destroy.” He attacks our families, our finances and our health. He goes after our faith, our hope, and our love with a vengeance. But he is no match for a child of God who knows whom he is in Christ and knows how to resist him.
When you engage the enemy, you should never fight “for” victory. That would be a losing strategy. Instead, Read More
Life brings different experiences, some painful, some joyful. And being a Christian does not automatically exempt you from afflictions. But the good news is, God has provided the power we need to overcome, no matter the situation.
Listen to James:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 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 sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:13-16 NKJV)
The Amplified Bible Classic Edition puts verse 16b, this way:
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16 AMPC)
God’s grace supplies us with tremendous power that can both sustain us in trouble and deliver us from trouble. This power is unmerited and undeserved. And it’s always present and available to His children. Always!
But it will remain dormant, inactive, or exist only as “potential power” until it is activated. This is what the believer’s prayer does. When a righteous man (someone who by faith has received the gift of righteousness) prays, his prayers trigger the release of God’s power to cause amazing things to happen in the life of the believer and those he prays for.
James cites Elijah as an example of the kind of power that is released when an ordinary, but righteous person, dares to stand on God’s promises and to pray on the basis of God’s Word.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 NKJV)
The point being made is if Elijah’s prayers could generate this kind of power, then yours can too! And no matter your current circumstances, there is far more power available and accessible to you by prayer than you would ever need to meet your needs.
Child of God, what grace potentializes, prayer actualizes. Therefore, do no lose heart. Pray!
In Genesis 15:1, we read:
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)
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