Episode 235

Prayer 2021 - August 25 - What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 3

Scripture For Today:

Proverbs 11:26

“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!

Let’s Pray!

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Pastor Robert Thibodeau has been in online ministry since starting his own podcast in mid-2009. Within about six months, he was offered a slot on nationwide Christian AM radio. His broadcast was heard in four major markets for one year.

He then started what today is called, "Evangelism Radio" and went live 24/7 beginning on October 4, 2010 and continues to this day. Now with over 50 broadcasters submitting programming on a weekly basis, Evangelism Radio has listeners in over 160 nations and all 50 states. It was also ranked by Shoutcast.com as #1 in the world in the Christian Talk genre on many occasions.

In late 2017, Pastor Bob began an interview style podcast called "The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast." On this podcast, Pastor Bob interviews Christians from various walks of life on how they use their Faith to achieve success. Authors, recording artists, business CEO's, non-profit leaders and pastors and ministers frequent the show and provide amazing insight to build your faith. In only 3 years time, The KCR Podcast has published almost 900 episodes and Pastor Bob conducted over 700 interviews!

In early 2018, in response to the lack of any Christian themed podcast hosting platform in the market place, Pastor Bob coordinated with the iconic Mark Asquith and his team, with the result being "FaithCasters.net." A "Christian podcast hosting and marketing company created by Christians for Christians."

Due to the immense success Pastor Bob has achieved in the online ministry world, he is often asked by others "How to start a podcast." Not wanting to refer Christian brothers and sisters back into the world for help in establishing a Christian themed podcast, he started to develop the "Podcast-Training" platform offered through our ministry. He conducts training on a weekly basis to assist others in the development of their own personal podcast as well as ministry related podcasts that can air on Evangelism Radio.

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