James 5:16 – The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.                                    .

An effectual prayer is one that accomplishes a lot for the one praying. The sound of a person’s voice tells what is in the heart (attitude) of the one doing the speaking. A mother can tell by her baby’s cry what it needs. God knows the sincerity of our heart and knows how to respond to the one praying.

A fervent prayer is one that has life and emotion in it. It is a sign that the one saying the prayer means business; that they really are desperate and determined for an answer. Not demanding, but full of faith and confidence that God is willing and able to answer their prayer.

Righteous: One that is saved and now is the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. This is whose heart is right with God, living a life of honesty and of integrity before God. It is one that desires to please God in all his ways and love his neighbor as himself,

Avails much: Accomplishes much. It moves God’s heart to answer our prayer. God said that He would do exceedingly abundant above all that we would ask or think according to His riches in glory.

I encourage you to meditate on this verse, believe all that it says, do what it says and you will receive all that you ask.


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