Sinning by Ceasing to Pray

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.

I Samuel 12:23

The people of Israel had rejected God as their king and had clamoured for an earthly king.  In I Samuel 12, God was in the process of giving them the king for whom they had asked.  They realized their mistake in verse 19, when they asked Samuel to pray for them because “we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king”.  Samuel tells them to “Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord”.  Then he tells the people that the Lord will not forsake them.

He adds in verse 23 that he was not going to “sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you”.  That is an interesting thought.  If anyone did not “deserve” to be prayed for, it was the Israelites, who had just rejected the Lord.  But Samuel said that it would be sin for him to stop praying for them.  In the same manner, it is sin for us to “cease praying for you”.  The “you” in this case being whoever it is that we are supposed to be praying for.  If there is a person in your life that seems “beyond” prayer, that is a person that you should definitely be praying ever harder for.  No matter what the situation, it is never right to stop praying for someone.  Sometimes it is tempting to just “forget about it” when someone seems absolutely bent on destroying themselves.  But, we should remember that, during the times of our lives when we without the Lord and when we were not the Christians we should have been, someone was praying for us. 

Never stop praying for each other.  You never know who desperately needs it.

2 responses to this post.

  1. This is an area I have particular trouble with. I know I don’t pray for others as I should. Good points! Blessings,



  2. Thank you. I have the same problem, which is why this verse convcted me too.


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