Praying for Sinners


The Upward Look
© Copyright 2008, Max D. Hutto,

“If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.”
   1 John 5:16 NIV ©

A believer is to pray for other believing brothers. He is to be an intercessor, specifically praying to God for other believers who have sinned. He is to pray that the sinner would repent and return to following God, and that God would restore to him an abundant life full of the joy of the Lord’s salvation. Bible scholars have no clear understanding about the meaning of the phrases, “sin that does not lead to death” and “sin that leads to death.” Ultimately, totally rejecting Jesus as Savior and Lord is a sin that leads to eternal death.

 Lord Jesus, teach me how to pray for others and to lead them to a closer walk with You. Help me to tell others how their sins can be forgiven and cleansed by Your blood shed on Calvary’s cross.



April 11, 2008

 


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