This verse seems to go in a circle, saying in effect, an effective prayer is effective. But what makes a prayer effective? Some translations (the quote below is the Douay-Rheims) say "the effectual fervent prayer." So is it how passionate we feel when we pray? Or how "just" or "righteous" we are when we pray?
I want God to be pleased with my prayers, and I want them to be effective. I'm wondering if some kinds of prayer are better than others. Of course there are all kinds of prayers, but this verse seems to indicate some are "better" than others.
14 Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved.** For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.** 17 Elias was a man passible like unto us: and with prayer he prayed that it might not rain upon the earth, and it rained not for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again: and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.