1 John 5:14-17

1 John 5:14-17

Of Prayers Regarding Our Sin

And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one—to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that.  All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal.

Pastor John’s Notes

We all stumble from time to time. When this happens, we ourselves should pray for forgiveness. God is always gracious to those who turn to him. When we see another sister or brother falling into sin, we should pray for them. Most sins are of this category. The sin that leads to death has to with an intentional rejection of the Holy Spirit. This is referred to as the sin of apostasy or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (See Matthew 12:31 and Mark 3:29 where Jesus refers to this sin.) This is a sin that is not accidental or one that a person turns back from. Such a person is lost, and not by accident but by their own choosing. So there is nothing we can do for them. But in all other sins, thanks be to God, there is mercy and grace in abundance.


Lord, keep me from sin. Yet, if I should sin, send your Holy Spirit to convict me of my wrongdoing and lead me to repentance. When I see a sister or brother fall, teach me to pray for them rather than condemn. Save all you children from temptation and keep us safe through obedience to your will and your teachings.

1 John 5:13