“Powerful Requests” ( James 5:16, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Woodcut for "Die Bibel in Bildern", ...
Woodcut for “Die Bibel in Bildern”, 1860. Deutsch: Holzschnitt aus “Die Bibel in Bildern”, 1860. Erster Tag, Gott scheidet das Licht von der Finsternis. Français : Gravure en bois pour «Die Bibel in Bildern», 1860. Português: 1º dia: Criação da Luz. Gn 1:3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What makes an “urgent request” powerful? James says that righteousness makes our prayers effective, i.e. “very powerful.” And what does James define as “righteousness?” He says that righteousness is the direct result of healing. How does James say we are healed? He says that healing comes from confession of sins.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.”

Simply put, don’t go before God the Father in prayer without first confessing your sins. With confession comes His healing, and with His healing comes righteousness, and with righteousness comes power.

8 thoughts on ““Powerful Requests” ( James 5:16, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

  1. ‘Confession – Healing – Righteousness – Power!’ Very observant take on this, Carley. Thanks, this is really good! I think we often miss the simplicity of how God works because of how complex we allow our lives to become… pretty cut and dried stuff! God bless, good friend.

  2. Romans 2:4 makes it clear that only by God’s mercy are we led to see ourselves to some degree as He sees us: “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance , and longsuffering , not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” God enables us to measure our goodness, our righteousness—which He describes as “like filthy rags” ( Isaiah 64:6 )—against Him rather than our neighbor. We realize that certain death for sin is staring us right in the face, yet He has graciously provided us with a perfect righteousness in Christ. This offer is not free, though, because we must totally surrender our lives to His rule. Even as it cost Jesus His life to provide this deliverance, it also costs us our lives, as living sacrifices ( Romans 12:1 ), to take advantage of God’s offer. Nonetheless, it is amazing how hungry and thirsty we become for God’s offer of justification leading to salvation.

  3. Then Paul says that this righteousness is revealed in the Old Testament Law and Prophets ! The teaching has been there all along, all through the centuries from Moses to Christ and down to our time! God never changed His course. In the first century, He only openly revealed the means, Christ, through whom would come the righteousness that will justify one before God.

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