Saturday, October 18, 2014

Who Prays for Satan?

"But who prays for Satan? Who in eighteen centuries has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most, or one fellow and brother who most needed a friend yet had not a single one, the one sinner among all of us who had the highest and clearest right to every Christian's daily and nightly prayers, for the plain and unassailable reason that his was the first and greatest need, he being among sinners the supremest?" - Mark Twain 

When I read this quote, I immediately reflected upon my nightly prayers before I go to sleep. I always pray for my family, friends, and for those who are in a time of need. I realized that usually I spend more time on the latter because those are the ones who need it the most. Generally when you think of those who need it most, Satan doesn't come first to your mind. He chose to rebel against God and create an army to fight against him. This was his choice, so why should we pray for someone who chose to stray from God? When you think about it, wouldn't that make him the one who needs prayer the most? We all know friends who have sinned and strayed from God's word. Does that make them any less worthy of prayer? No, and in fact in makes them need prayer and blessings MORE than others. Now, our friends and family certainly haven't caused a war in Heaven, but that certainly doesn't make their prayer any less needed. The reason this quote stood out to me was because Satan really IS the one who needs prayer the most. Our friends and family can recover from their sins, but Satan certainly can't. We all pray for those who need it, but never the "supremest sinner". I personally had never thought about it this way, which is why I wanted to bring it to y'alls attention. Now, I certainly won't be adding Satan to my prayer roster, but Mark Twain does spark and interesting conversation with his deep quote. What do y'all think? 

2 comments:

Tiffany Tavassoli said...

Matthew 5:44 remind me a lot about how you talked about how strange or odd it seems to pray for the biggest sinner of all, Satan. I think that these verses explain the need to pray for one's enemy according to the Bible. I think an enemy can be described or defined as someone who sins against you, and Satan is definitely the greatest enemy because not only did sin against God, but as Christians believe, he tempts us to sin also in Christian belief. I think that the enemy in these verses can be interpreted as Satan, and the need to pray for him.
…43"You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' 44"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…

Iris Mire said...

I agree with Tiffany's point. It reminded me of this spoken word thing that I had seen on Youtube a while ago called "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." One of my favorite lines is "If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean. 'Cuz it's not a museum for good people, it's a hospital for the broken." Who's more broken than Satan?