Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
We’ve all heard that the prayer of a righteous man or woman avails much, and that is true. But I have found myself more and more going back and rereading verses that are often quoted only to find that there is another part to it, So, it is a good idea to study and rightly divide the Word.
You have to know who Jesus was speaking to. Some verses are relative to us but were more directly toward the Jews. As a for instance, Jesus warned about calling your brother a fool, but Paul calls the Galatians foolish for going back to the law after receiving grace.
The difference is clear between law and grace. He even asks if they were bewitched. It may only be my considered opinion but Jesus was talking about religious pretense and Paul was questioning the actions of those who had been forgiven yet were glad to go running back to try to make amends for something Jesus had paid for. I know people question the teaching of Paul, I’ve even heard some make him out a bit Anti Semitic, but that is not so.
He persecuted and killed Jews, that’s very true. But the Holy Spirit began to work on the Apostle at the stoning of Stephen and eventually he was a changed man, enough so for the devil to send a servant to buffet him, yet Jesus revealed His words and he penned most of the New Testament.
And then it was John, who was the gentle disciple and saw himself as God’s beloved, that Jesus revealed the last book of the Bible to. Studying is important. I may not quote everything without having to look it up, but I do have great understanding as I read and allow the Holy Spirit to read with me.
So the first part of this verse suggests we confess our trespasses and pray for each other that we may be healed. This shows that fellowship and prayer and confessing our wrongs to each other can bring about forgiveness and healing.
Everyone may not be receptive if you apologize, but Jesus know the situations, talk to Him. And remember prayer changes things. Rebecca Jones