16 Therefore confess your sins(A) to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.(B) The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.(C)

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16 Confess and acknowledge how you have offended one another[a] and then pray for one another to be instantly healed,[b] for tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer[c] of a godly believer!

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Footnotes

  1. James 5:16 As translated from the Aramaic, which uses a word that can be translated “faults” or “folly” or “offenses.” The Critical Greek text is “confess your sins.”
  2. James 5:16 Or “restored.”
  3. James 5:16 Or “energized prayer,” a prayer within a prayer.

16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

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