If, like me, you grew up in church, there is no doubt that you heard many sermons reminding you that you cannot take anything with you to heaven when you die. There is even a supporting scripture. Job said; “Naked I came into the world and naked I will return.” Job 1:21 (NKJV) Just to be clear, what I am about to share with you does not contradict that oft quoted scripture.
The first thing you will be able to take with you is the prayer list that you have engraved in your heart for your loved ones who are still here on earth. While it may be challenging to prove biblically, I have always believed that our loved ones who have gone on before us and are in Heaven can and do pray for us.
I remember an occasion when I commented to a grieving congregation that a recently departed and greatly loved member was up in Heaven still praying for his church and family down here. Emotions were running high and many were very grief stricken. One person in the congregation later challenged my statement, asking me if I had an scripture to prove that those in Heaven were praying for those still on earth.
I took that persons challenge to prayer. The first scripture which came to me was Hebrews 12:1a; “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded with such a great cloud of witnesses,” (NKJV) Although that scripture does go on to talk about the way we live our lives it does seem to indicate that to whatever degree, God does allow people up in Heaven to witness what we do here on earth, although possibly only at specific times.
Secondly, a clear example of a person praying from the other side ironically does not come from Heaven, but from Hell. In Luke 16:47, Christ told his disciples that, “The rich man cries out from Hell, (In other words, prays) ‘Father Abraham have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ (NKJV) As I read these verses, I felt that my belief that people are praying in Heaven is reinforced by the fact that the Bible gives an account of an unanswered prayer uttered in Hell! If they are praying in Hell for those on earth, don’t you suppose that they are praying even more for us in Heaven? The scripture also tells us that “He (Jesus) ever lives (In Heaven) to make intercession for the saints” Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV) If Jesus is praying for us in Heaven is it too far a stretch to believe that those who are there with Him are praying for us as well?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness