The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. ~ James 5:16 AMP
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. ~ James 5:16 NASB
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~ James 5:16 NKJV
The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen. ~ James 5:16 NIRV
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. ~ James 5:16 NLT
Over the past three weeks, in three different circumstances, God brought this verse to my attention three times. I’m noticing a theme and the common denominator is James 5:16.
For what seems like forever, my husband and I have been praying and believing that God will move MIGHTILY in our lives. We’ve believed for a “shift.” This is not a mediocre, subtle movement, but a huge and powerful change. And that time has finally arrived! I know for certain, when we first began to believe for God to move mightily in our lives, to shift us, we never dreamed it would involve the things we are facing today…as most people don’t look to trials to move them. But nevertheless, here we are and our choices are to sit still, wondering “when it will pass,” or to forge ahead, knowing we already have the victory!
After we got over the initial shock, we “strapped our armor on,” called close a couple of our friends, and asked them to stand with us on the Word of God. In order for God to move mightily, we must believe mightily. The word “fervent” means “intensity.” War is not for the faint of heart, but for the armed. With great intensity and mighty power, this war will be won—this trial overcome—through worship, prayer, faith, and courage to believe as we keep moving forward.
Thank you, Father God, for all the ways you have prepared us for this opportunity to run into victory. Thank you for good friends who let me text them at midnight, just to ask for extra encouragement. Father, I can’t wait till we have full victory. To You be all the glory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
From the archives. Originally published May 13, 2013.