How to Pray Effectively and Fervently for Healing

Has it ever crossed your mind that by confessing your sins or faults to someone else, that that can be a part of your healing? Seems pretty far-fetched but yet it is true. James 5:16 teaches us Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.


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So, does that mean that we go around confessing our faults to everyone and ask them to pray for our healing?

No, it doesn’t.

It is important to keep James’ teaching in context, so let’s examine that, shall we? Turn with me to James 5:13-16, where we read his teaching about prayer and confession.

  • is anyone suffering? let HIM pray.
  • is someone cheerful? let HIM sing psalms.
  • is anyone sick? let HIM call for the elders and let THEM pray over the sick person, anointing with oil in the name of the Lord
    • and the prayer of faith shall save the sick
    • the Lord shall raise him up
    • and if he (the sick person) has committed sins, they shall be forgiven
  • confess your faults and sins to one another and pray FOR one another that you may be healed
  • the effective fervent prayer will accomplish much

Look at these verses again, what do you see?

  • the person who is suffering should pray for himself
  • he who is cheerful should sing
  • the sick person should call for the elders to anoint him with oil and pray for him. (I’m sure it’s completely fine if the person is so sick they cannot make that call themselves. We need to use good judgment here.)

It’s time to dig a little bit about confessing sins one to another. This isn’t a comfortable thought but yet it is written here, so what does it mean?


Confessing Sins to Each Other

We know that God is the only one who can forgive sins, Isaiah 43:25. So, when James says to confess our sins to one another, he is not teaching us that we have the ability to forgive those sins. He is teaching that we can hear their faults but tell them they will be forgiven when they repent of their sins to God.

When the church was founded, Jesus gave the disciples the authority to tell others that their sins could be forgiven by God.

John 20:23 may seem contradictory but let me explain it here. Jesus gave the disciples the power to pronounce forgiveness of sins (not forgive the sins) based on what God has done in Christ. If the person accepts this forgiveness from God, then they are forgiven. If they do not, then they keep their sins.

The authority the apostles were given included the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ alone (Acts 10:43.)  As part of their message, the apostles told the people that everyone who believed in the gospel would be forgiven, Acts 16:31.  They also made sure the people knew that if they did not obey the gospel, they would face certain judgment as taught in 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17.

Back to confessing sins to others, this does not mean telling everyone you meet. Be selective and share with a trusted friend, someone whom you know will pray for you and with you. Someone who will keep your confidence.


Effective Fervent Prayer

The word “effectual” in James 5:16 is defined as both an adjective and a verb and means power or powerful. It is full of action and energy and is an effectual working in tune with the will of God.

The word “fervent” is a little harder to describe but in this verse, it is used as a verb in relation “to be hot, to boil.” This would be similar to the word “zeal.”

Intercession must be made along with active, zealous prayers that have the mind of Christ at its centre should be prayed.

That’s the key, right there. Did you see it?

Intercessory prayer based on the mind of Christ.

This kind of prayer will be effective when it is based on God’s will.


Effective Fervent Prayer and the Will of God

So, how do we know what God’s will is? By knowing what is in the pages of the Bible. Here, let me give you a summary based on healing.

  • Healing is for today
  • Jesus had compassion on the people and healed many as He saw them. He even healed some from a distance.
  • God desires that we live in holiness. In fact, He demands that we be holy as He is holy, Leviticus 11:44. This means we live according to the Bible and not according to our selfish desires.
  • Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-15. The first thing He said is “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”
  • Believers are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, Romans 12:1-2. With this new mindset, we will know how we ought to think, live and pray according to His will.

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Based on God’s Word

Therefore, that tells me that based on the Word of God, we can and should pray for healing.

So, we pray the effective fervent prayer for one another because all prayer is effective prayer.

The sick person needs to repent of sin and accept God’s forgiveness. Intercessors must believe in the power of prayer and must believe that God still heals sickness and disease today.

The intercessor’s prayer will accomplish much when they are praying in line with God’s will.


God Will Answer Our Prayer

But sometimes.

Sometimes we don’t see an answer to prayer right away or even shortly after.

Does that mean we lack faith?

Did God not hear us? Yes, He hears us. He always answers prayer in one of three ways.

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not now.

Even when we pray according to Scripture and when we use Scripture to pray back to Him, we may still receive an answer we did not expect.


Because God knows what is best for us. He knows the end from the beginning and has a plan for us. We need to be accepting of His answer, no matter which one it is.

This is hard to do, I know.  But when we realize that God has our full destiny planned out and that He only wants His best for us, we can come to grips with it and accept His plans for us.

No matter what the answer is, remember that all prayer is effective prayer.

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Let’s Pray an Effective Fervent Prayer

I believe we have enough understanding that we can now pray an effective fervent prayer for healing. Remember this, all prayer is effective.

Pray with me, where {  } represents either the name or pronoun of the person you are praying for:

Father God, Above all else, we want Your will to be accomplished in {  } life. We know You have a divine plan for us and You have {  } life mapped out already. This sickness or disease did not come as a surprise to You. In fact, as terrible as the disease is, let it be used to fulfill Your plan.

Your plan is always to bring You glory and in so doing, You use us to show Your love and power to others. May {  } be a reflection of Your glory in {  } life.

So, now, Father, we come against this sickness or disease in the mighty name of Jesus. We know that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy but thank God, Jesus came to give us abundant life! So, we stand against the enemy, we rebuke him in Jesus’ name and now we speak healing into {  } life.

Father, we ask that You will show Your greatness, Your amazing power, Your love and compassion upon {  } and touch {  } body. May {  } experience Your miraculous healing from head to toe. May {  } sense Your power flowing through {  } body right now. Let Your glory shine!

Father, Your will is what we desire. May Your kingdom come, may Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray this prayer with expectation and in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

This isn’t a formula prayer but it has the elements of praying in the will of God as taught from His Word.


Wrapping it Up

Well, I hope this quick word study on “effective fervent prayer” was helpful to you. Did you catch that all prayer is effective?

Is there anything you need to have further clarification on? Are we good to go? If not, let me know in a comment, what you would like a further study on.

I really do love to hear from you and I look forward to reading your comments.







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Effective fervent prayer accomplishes much. This is what James taught in Ch 5. Let's apply this to healing since he is speaking of the sick person praying for himself. #effectiveprayer #prayer #BibleStudy

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