James 5: 13-18: How do I know that prayer is powerful? Especially if the prayer is joined by the righteous and made in faith. What? That is rather confusing. How do we know if the prayer is offered in faith, without doubt? We don’t know about others that are praying, we can only know about our own faith. I know that prayer is powerful because my son is alive and he has put himself into situations where he should have died. For a while he was pulling stunts such as walking on a partially frozen pond near our home. He fell into the pond. He insists that he got out all by himself. I know that he was pulled out most likely by a couple. I know a couple pulled him out, because they brought home his coat, his cell phone and his wallet. Items he thought he lost. This was God, through prayer, I had been worried about him. So I prayed for his protection. God answered. He has a plan for that son. God has a plan for all of us. It just takes prayer for it to shine through. Sometimes, like in the story of David Voshell, a once convict and later a chaplain for the Jeffco jail in Colorado, it takes years of prayer. I think it was about 25 years of prayer of one diligent man. It is in his story. All I know is that you have to pray, pray specifically, frequently, and with belief that God can and do what you are asking. You also have to study the word so your prayers are inline with God’s will. But mostly you have to BELIEVE GOD WILL RESPOND, AND UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETIMES HE SAYS NO.
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.