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Lesson 29: Praying for My Brother (1 John 5:16-17)

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Having already established that prayer is necessary and has real effect, John now instructs his readers in something that they should pray for, or rather, someone they should be lifting up in prayer—the true brother in Christ committing a sin. Pastor Daniel comments on John’s letter by stating, “If I love my brothers and sisters in Christ, I must be faithful to pray for God to save them from sin.” So how is it then that believers should further show their care for one another? 1) Love one’s brothers and sisters, 2) pursue real relationships with them, 3) don’t ignore the sin in their lives, 4) plead for God to grant life to them, 5) utilize biblical means to encourage them, and 6) don’t minimize sin (sin of the accuser or the accused).

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Hamartiology (Sin), Prayer, Temptation