God be praised, on today’s Daily Audio Bible reading in 2nd Samuel, after the tragic account of David’s actions, we read the tragic result of the death of their child in 2 Samuel 12:14-31. David certainly seems to have fasted eagerly when his son was alive, but particularly regarding this section what do you think we can gather about fasting or praying for the dead?
17 The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. 18 Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.” 20 So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’ 23 “But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” NET Bible
It seems evident to me we are not to pray for the dead nor waste our efforts on them once departed except for amazing cases like Lazarus, but clearly not for their deceased state nor eternal outcome. God guide us all and bless you in Jesus name.
Featured image from http://actsapologist.blogspot.com/2015/10/praying-for-dead.html http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9y5e2m73k5U/VbQT3WKRaUI/AAAAAAAAAy8/mIVP5e6BXu8/s400/PrayForDead01.png an article that I am glad it clarified that the prayers are usually not for their eternal outcome however i am in disagreement with it. From above and the rest of Scripture, praying even their deceased state seems to not be an expedient thing to pray for and i do not trust in visions nor tradition to go against how i see that Scripture has laid things out though i am thankful where these help in understanding Scripture at times. I agree instead with the logic presented in this article https://www.gotquestions.org/praying-for-the-dead.html . God guide us and bless you in Jesus name