Years ago before I was saved I’m not sure I realized the reality of hell. It seems as though I thought more of the promises of Heaven and satan wreaking havoc in the world as I watched the news. I had knowledge of Jesus but did not know Jesus. I had knowledge of hell but couldn’t imagine God sending a “good person” (please note my sarcasm here) like me to hell. I mean, I always tried to do what was right, surely there was a loophole for all the “good people”.
Well, to all the “good people” in the world, there is only one way to Heaven and it is through Jesus Christ. Not just acknowledging but knowing Him as your Saviour. “ Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
Once I finally began to realize not only is Heaven for real but hell is for real as well, I began to feel the urgency. I don’t think as a sinner I ever really believed in hell. Furthermore, if I was to go to hell it would be “me”. In other words, being the “good person” that I was, I understood reaping and sowing. I reaped it and I would have to sow it; no ones problem but my own.
However, I never took into consideration what I was reaping into other people’s lives. Realizing now that hell is for real I am burdened more for the lost. Do they actually understand hell? I have always been one that you could run over me but don’t even think about running over mine, my family and friends. What kind of seed are we sowing into our children’s lives? I realize many people raise their children to be good people but are we raising them to be Christians? There are no loop holes for good people who do not know Jesus. Please understand I’m not saying any of this to be judgmental. Its harder to think about someone we love going to hell then it us going to hell.
What about those of us who do know Jesus and are saved that have lost loved ones? What do we do? How do we have joy and peace while looking at our lost loved ones? We first have to realize who has blinded their eyes, the devil. “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age (satan) has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 4:4 Then we do just what the Word of God says, “ But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?” Matthew 12:28-29. We bind the strongman! Even though our loved ones may invite that strongman back as soon as we’re finished, we keep on; we keep him bound.
Finally, “ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17. Even when our loved ones won’t listen to us pray for God to send His laborer’s into their path. Then we must put our faith in action. Here is a sample prayer I found for lost loved ones:
“Father, I come before You in prayer and in faith, believing. Your Word says You desire all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth, so I bring ________ before You this day.
“I break the power of Satan from his assignments and activities in ________’s life in the Name of Jesus. Now, while Satan is bound, I ask that You send forth the perfect laborers to share the good news of the gospel in such a way that ________ will listen and understand it. As the truth is ministered, I believe ________ will open his/her eyes to the gospel, come out of the snare of the devil and make Jesus Lord.
“Father, I ask that You fill ________ with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. As I intercede in his/her behalf, I believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is activated, and from this moment on, I shall praise and thank You for ________’s salvation. I am confident that You are alert and active, watching over Your Word to perform it. It will not return to You void. It will accomplish that which You please and prosper in the thing whereto it was sent.
“Therefore, my confession of faith is: ‘God has begun a good work in ________’s life and He will perform it and bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ Name.’”
Hell is real. It is eternal torture. “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Will you join me in praying for the Lord to send out laborers into His harvest? – Donna Warren