Prayer For The Dead
By Dr. Jeff Lee

A Buddhist prayer bead was taped awkwardly to her flaccid palm.

“Can I pray for your mother?” I asked, feeling obliged to do something Christian after visiting this comatose, dying woman and her daughter.

“Please,” she answered.

“Heavenly Father…” Suddenly, I realized I don’t even know what to say for someone who is going to spend eternity away from God.

I know God heard my prayer but for the old lady, it was too late. The Bible says:

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:13-14 (NIV)

But her daughter, she heard my prayer. I do have a chance to share the good news of salvation with her. She does not have to go where her mother is going.

Who am I and what have I done to deserve the eternal life of God? He has granted me that opportunity to hear the Gospel and believe. Now, someone else around me is waiting for that same opportunity to hear and believe. Will that messenger to share the Good News be me?

What should I say when I need to pray for the dead next time?

Lord, please give me an opportunity to witness to the living.

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