I decided to look at the dictionary definition of some of the words in James 5:16b. My husband received an 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary for his recent birthday so I'm using that dictionary as my source today.
effectual - having adequate power or force to produce the effect
fervent - ardent; very warm; earnest; excited; animated; glowing
righteous - denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice
avail - to be of use or advantage; generally it signifies to have strength, force or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object
My first thought when thinking of this verse was to point out that when we pray ardently and earnestly, our prayers have the strength to accomplish quite a bit. That's true - prayer does change things. However, as I read and re-read, the definition of righteous, I am humbled and convicted. How often am I truly holy in heart? How often am I completely observant to God's commands in my daily life? For my prayers to have their full power, I need to make sure I'm holy in heart and observant to God's commands in my life. I don't know about you, but I have some work to do before my prayers are at "full-strength."
Here's the card I made highlighting this verse:
As you can see a little better in the next picture, I popped Rhubarb up on pop-dots before attaching him to the card. I'm not sure you can tell, but I used black stickles for the eyes on Rhubarb and his birdie friend.
Cardstock - Recollections, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper - BG (Out of Print)
Tools/Embellishments - Corner Rounder (Zutter Round-it-All), Buttons (La Mode), Twine (Twinery in Cappuccino), Prismacolor Pencils, Stickles (Black Diamond)
I used this week's sketch CPS#228 for this card.
I hope you'll join in this week's Say It With Scripture challenge. Don't forget, there's a free digi each week!