The Apostle James identifies two very important relationships to encourage your Christian life. The first is your intimate relationship with fellow Christians. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (Jas 5:16a). The second, but not least, is your intimate relationship with Jesus that is carried on through prayer. “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (Jas 5:16b). An effective prayer is one that is offered by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who always has your best interests in mind.