“Confess your offenses to one another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.”
The prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven. Let us not ignore willfully that the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. A very good example of this is during the early bible times, one of the most popular in fervent prayers is when Elijah was a man with a nature like everyone else. But, he prayed so earnestly to God that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
For, as in John 9:31, it says that: “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will.” A righteous man’s prayer is always heard generally, but his particular request for the healing of another was then likely to be granted when he was one possessing a special charisma of the Spirit of the Lord. The “righteous” man is one himself careful to avoid “faults and offenses” to others; therefore, by showing his faith in his deed, the kindness of his own heart thru demonstrating good works to others. It is therefore necessary to exercise faith and hope under afflictions; and that, prayer is the appointed means for obtaining and increasing grace from God – where the duties of a godly life has not been disregarded.
The greatest thing we should beg of God for ourselves and others in time of sickness is – the pardon of sin. To acknowledge our offenses to each other will tend greatly to peace and brotherly love. And when a “righteous person,” a true believer justified in Christ, presents an effectual fervent prayer, imbedded in his heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, raising holy affections and believing expectations to the promises of God, will always be heard by God. This instance of the power of prayer encourages every Christian to be earnest in prayer. Know that true prayer is not what is written in every booklet, but, what is produced in the heart of men by the Spirit of God. That, whatever is asked, believing is received. God can deny nothing prayed for in this manner, for it has great power with Christ. The prayer of a righteous man is like a “shovel:” that, as the shovel turns the corn on the floor from one place to another, so prayer turns the Holy Blessed God from wrath to mercy. Only God can move mountains thru sincere and continual prayers by a righteous man.