When God Says Don’t Pray

by T. L. Wiens

There are times when the Bible leaves me with more questions than answers. That is the case when I read  1 John 5:16 in the KJ which says:

“If any man sees his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”

 There are times when we are not to pray and that time according to this verse is when someone commits a sin that leads to death. What is that?

God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people.  It’s like He doesn’t want to hear petitions to plead their case and become compassionate. Jeremiah is true to God and He will hear His prophet’s prayer. But the people waste their time with their cries to God. Are there times when we also need to silence our prayers and let God judge?

Romans 1:24-25 tells us:

 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Are these the people that have committed a sin leading to death?

I don’t have many answers but there have been times when I’ve been led by the Spirit not to pray for a person. Even though I don’t understand the whole process God applies, I do know He is love. If He tells me not to pray, there is a reason and I accept He sees parts of the picture that I don’t.


Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.


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