The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16
As a writer, I often define each word to fully understand the written word. The message found in James 5:16 is something everyone should know and practice. Naturally, many words have multiple meanings, so I’m sure someone else could analyze this same verse and come to a different conclusion. Feel free to come to your own conclusion.
Prayer-a petition to God
Powerful– Full of power, the ability to act or produce an effect, possession of control, or authority, or influence over others. , physical might.
Effective-producing a desired effect. (effect- intent) i.e. getting what you worked toward
Righteous-acting in accord with divine of moral law, free from guilt or sin, morally right or justifiable.
I took the definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary that can be found online. As you can see, I included all of the definition, which could make the bible verse more confusing. At first glance, it may seem that the only people that can pray are those that are free from guilt or sin. That isn’t true at all.
How do I know that? Because I am not free of guilt or sin, and I have had prayers that God answered.
I believe a righteous man is anyone, man or woman that has an intent that is morally right or justifiable. That means everyone can pray to God, not divine or perfect people.
Prayers are powerful. That means you can produce a desired effect, no matter what obstacles you are up against. God has the power, and he can move mountains, so he can eliminate any barrier you are fighting.
Prayers are effective. They yield results. Desired results.
You don’t have to ask for something every time you pray. I encourage everyone to open up a line of communication with God. He’s a good listener. I promise.
I’ll post more on prayer soon.
God Bless You,