13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Then they should pray to God about it. Or, is anyone feeling happy? They should praise God with songs. 14 Is anyone ill? They should ask the leaders of the church to come and to pray for them. The leaders should put some olive oil on the sick person. They should pray for him with the authority of the Lord Jesus. 15 If they pray in that way and they trust that God will answer them, the sick person will become well again. The Lord will cause him to become well. And God will forgive him if he has done any wrong things.
16 So, you should tell each other about any wrong things that you have done. Then you will be able to pray for each other, so that God makes you well again. When a good person prays to God, God does powerful things. 17 For example, God's prophet Elijah was the same kind of person as we are. One time he prayed to God that it would not rain. He continued to pray and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 After that time, he prayed to God to send rain again. As a result, rain came down from the sky. The seeds that were in the ground began to grow and give food.
19 My Christian friends, if anyone among you turns away from God's true message, you should help him. Try to bring him back to God. 20 Understand this: If you turn a person back from his bad ways, you will save that person's soul from death. And God will forgive that person for his many sins.
5:20As believers, we should help one another to serve God well. We should pray for one another. If someone in our group of believers is ill, or they are in trouble, we should help them. But God can help them better than we can, so we must also pray to him. When we do wrong things, we should ask our Christian friends to pray for us. Then God will forgive us and he will help us to serve him better. God always listens to the prayers of believers who trust him and obey him.