Teachings --> prayer for the dead 2
- What happed to the people who are dead
1) They can see
2) They can talk
a) "By faith Abel though dead, he still speaks "
b) Read Luke 16:25- here We can learn two things from this.
1) The life and death of the rich man and Lazarus were known to
Abraham even though he was dead long before the rich man and
2) Abraham who is dead talks to rich man who is also dead.
c) 1 Samuel 28:11-19. in these verses prophet Samuel who was dead
BEFORE Saul says, what happened to the King Saul and what would
happen to Saul in future?. So dead saw what happend after their death
AND know what will happen in future too.
d) Luke 9:29-33- This section describes the Transfiguration of
Jesus.So Elijah and Moses who died many many years back came and
talked to our Lord"
d) 1 Peter 3:19: Here our Lord went to preach spirits in prison.
Spirits of people who died during the time of Noha.
1) they could hear our Lord's preaching
2) They could repent. Accept out Lord.
3) They were not saints or patrarachs. Just ordinary people like me
What happened then?
f) Jacob may rejoice and Israel be glad when the LORD restores his
-- Here Jacob who was dead was able to know and rejoice when LORD
restores his sons
g) ( Deutornomy 33:6 ). Here Moses pray for Ruben who is dead long
So dead is not in silence or powerless. They are quite active.They
were the memebers of the chruch. So ever after their physical death
they are alive and ARE members of the church.
So if we pray for our brothern( dead or alive) they may benefit.
-- "If any one sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly
he should pray to God and he will give him life(1 John 5: 1)
So if your loved one has some Non-deadly sins, and if because of
your prayers, if those sins are absolved. don't you want to pray for
There are so many examples in the Bible, where a person is saved
because that person's friend/relative/well wisher have prayed.
I God love me, I can pray for others and God will listen to my
So all prayers will be heard ? Only if the person is worthy
Mathew 10:12-13 "As you enter the house, wish it peace. If the
house is worthy, let your peace come up on it. If not, let your peace
return to you."
Any NT examples ??
"Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you"
(Hebrews 13:7). We are commanded here to remember all your church
fathers that led us and taught us. All of those church leaders are
not alive now. We are ordered to remember them and pray for them.
2 Timothy 1:16-18. The Oneshphorus mentioned in this verse had been
dead. The Biblical scholars agree on it. Protestant Scholar Dummale
mentions it especially in his Bible interpretation. We see here that
Paul is praying for Onesiphorus who was dead
Mathew 9:18 "An official came to him and said "My daughter has
just died. But come lay your hand on her and she will live".
-- Lord accepted that prayer
Acts 9:40 describes such an incident. "Peter knelt down and
prayed. Then he turned to her body and said "Tabitha rise
opened her eyes". -- Lord accepted that prayer too.
I hope this is clear enough. Tradition says that St.Mary
burned incence( 'doopa prarthana') at the place where our Lord
The word 'Anida' means departed. Anida Qurbana means prayer for the
In our Lord's love
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