The Prayers Of The Lost In Hell

Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday morning, August 18, 2002, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. 


By Michael D. O’Neal                       Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church                       Albany, Georgia

Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-31

Text: Luke 16:27

Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

Introduction: If believers have any shortcoming at all in our lives, it is that we don’t pray enough. However, I am glad for those who do pray. I’m glad that there are people praying for us today.

Do people pray in heaven? Well, in the sense that the word means to talk to God, I believe that they do. I believe people in heaven talk with the Lord.

However, have you ever thought about whether or not people pray in hell? Well, in the sense that praying means to ASK, as well as to talk, I think they do. Notice the use of the word, “pray,” in our text. I want us to examine this passage once again, as we try to learn something about the prayers of the lost in hell that might stir the saved on earth to pray.


Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

“… I PRAY thee …”

A. Lost people pray in their temples of worship

B. Lost people pray in their trouble

C. Lost people pray in their terror


Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

A. They pray for mercy

B. They pray for messengers

  • Soul-winners to win their family and friends

C. They pray for miracles

  • He wanted God to raise Lazarus from the dead to convince his lost family members


Fervency refers to passionate, earnestness in praying.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

A. Their prayers are simple

B. Their prayers are specific

C. Their prayers are steady

D. Their prayers are strong


God doesn’t promise to answer all prayers, no matter how earnest they are:

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

A. The period in which they pray is wrong — too late!

B. The person to whom they pray cannot help

  • Abraham was powerless to answer the rich man’s prayer
  • God was unwilling to answer the rich man’s prayer

C. The petitions they make are not in keeping with God’s word

  • Luke 16:28-31 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded,though one rose from the dead.
  • Praying solely for preservation of loved ones, not for the glory of God.
Flag Counter
A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.