As James wraps up this letter that’s been all about a faith that bleeds into action, he ends on an important note: prayer. Prayer appears in every single verse of this passage. The importance of prayer in the Christian life cannot be understated. Spiritual life without prayer is like a vehicle without fuel. James tells us when we should pray, how we should pray and who we should be praying for. He also tells us that confession of sin is a really important component of a living faith. Finally, he challenges us to watch each other’s backs. We all have a tendency to drift spiritually at times, to wander from the gospel in difficult seasons of life, and God’s method to bring us back to Himself is very often other Christians. Following Jesus is an active and beautiful adventure!