Scripture For Today:
“People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one willing to sell.”
What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 3
We have been looking at what the Apostle John has to say about prayer. We have been looking at what John wrote in First John 5:14-15, but today I want to look at verse 16:
“if any sees his brother sin a sin which not unto death, he shall ASK, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death…”
If you notice, John is talking about ASKING. Which is a form of prayer, right?
For example, if you ask God to forgive someone according to 1 John 5:16, then that request is according to God’s Word – which means it is His Will. Amen! That means God WILL answer that prayer request! Praise God!
This is especially useful when you have a loved one that you are praying for. Now, let me clarify something here…
You cannot pray a sinner into Heaven. Salvation and the forgiveness of sins is only available individually. Each person must make that decision for themselves. You cannot pray in your children or grandchildren. You cannot pray in your mother, father, brother or sister. You cannot pray in your spouse.
But, once they confess Jesus as their Savior, once they are born again – this opens up 1 John 5:16 for you in some situations. Let me explain.
Let’s say someone you love, your spouse, parents, children, grandchildren – even a co-worker or next door neighbor, etc., is a believer. Do they commit sins, even though they are a believer?
Let me ask YOU, since you became a believer, have YOU committed any sins?
Yes! Of course!
Have you been forgiven? Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins? Every single one of them? Is it possible you may have forgotten a few along the way?
Yes! Of course!
Does that mean you will go to hell? No. Not if you are a believer. Again, just like 1 John 5:16 says, I am not talking about a “sin unto death” (I’ll get to that soon). But it could cost you one of your “crowns of rewards” in Heaven. Not your salvation, just some of the rewards.
I don’t have time to go into all of that – you can study it out on your own. But, let’s continue with the example…
Let’s say your loved one is in a car accident and unresponsive in the hospital. Doctors say it does not look promising. What about the unconfessed sin in their life at that point in time?
You know they are going to be with the Lord, it’s just the unconfessed sin MAY cost them some of their Heavenly rewards. You would rather they wake up and confess their sins and ask the Lord for forgiveness – but that may not be possible. What then?
1 John 5:16 specifically says, “if any sees his brother sin a sin which not unto death, he shall ASK, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death…”
This means YOU can ASK the Lord to forgive them – and HE WILL! Why? Because YOU ASKED!
Then, IF they do pass away, this area of their life and salvation has been taken care because YOU obeyed the Word of God! Amen!
Ok, this is going long again today.
I want to pray for YOU right now that you would begin to implement this in your personal prayer time. Cover your family and loved ones and friends like this in prayer. Amen!
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