Kathy—Spiritual war requires effectual prayer. Before James 5:16 talks about effectual prayer and its powerful results, it first says: “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” In the previous verse 15, it said the prayer of faith heals the sick. Verse 16 says prayer after confession of your faults heals. Evidently, verse 15 is healing of the body and verse 16 is healing of the heart (soul). Verse 16 goes on to say: “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (NASB) “Very strong is a righteous petition, being made effective.” (LITV) That tells us that effectual prayer that gets powerful results is prayer from a healed heart able to pray from a right motive and perspective.
Kathy — Offense distorts the way we see everybody and every event in life. Cain obviously did not see God as a loving, wise, just, heavenly Father and he would not accept correction. He was too angry and perhaps too ashamed, too disappointed or too self-absorbed to do the right thing. (One of the major signs of immature character is self-absorption.) We don’t see what is true or right if we cannot see past how we feel. Js.3:16, TPT — “So wherever jealousy and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles and every kind of meanness.”