James 5:16b-20

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In James 5:16b-20 he reminds us that there is power in prayer. Lots of power, especially when it is given by a righteous person. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James calls out two key elements for effective prayer – fervent and righteous. Guzik explains “Much of our prayer is not effective simply because it is not fervent. It is offered with a lukewarm attitude that virtually asks God to care about something that we care little about. Effective prayer must be fervent, not because we must emotionally persuade a reluctant God, but because we must gain God’s heart by being fervent for the things He is fervent for.”

Meyer wrote the idea of fervent in this context is strong. “It might be rendered literally: ‘Very strong is the supplication of a righteous man, energizing.’” Elijah is a…

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