The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
Recommended Reading – James 5:13-20
According to James 5:16, the most effective prayers are the ones offered fervently by righteous people. But righteous in what way? First, we are righteous in Christ. When we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, we’re washed of our sins and clothed in His righteousness. When God sees us, He sees the righteousness of Christ. We can never be declared righteous on our own, for all our righteousness is like filthy rags. But when we are garbed in Christ, we’re heirs of His righteousness, which is imputed to us by grace through faith.
But there is a second aspect to righteousness. Having been declared righteous in Christ, we should then live an upright life. Our positional righteousness should lead to practical righteousness. In a sense, then, we can be doubly righteous. Living a righteous life in Christ helps us lead a victorious life.
Has a sinful attitude or habit infiltrated your everyday righteousness? Confess it, turn from it, and learn to walk in a way that pleases the Lord. Your prayers will be stronger and your life sweeter.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.