This is an old post I wrote in 2014 but it means more today even than it did then.
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
(should this be a daily thing, everytime we meet and there is a need)
And then James goes on to tell us about Elias and how he prayed and he prayed and didnt give up….
Then I noticed a curious verse:
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; (did you notice that? If any of you BRETHREN err from the truth – he needs to be reconverted back to the right path)
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
I was taught once saved always saved growing up but this seems to be saying the opposite.
I guess I need to pray more, consider verses when they pop into my head and take note of the verses surrounding it.
This brought up some questions I need to explore:
1) What is fervent pryer?
2) How do we know if we are righteous enough?