Too Late To Pray
Our text today is from Luke 16:24. And he cried and said, 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.
This is the famous passage about the rich man and Lazarus. It was not a parable. It was an actual event that the Lord Jesus Christ himself declared. It is not a spiritual fable but an event that actually took place.
In the previous verses the rich man had it all. But he didn’t have Jesus in his heart. As far as he was concerned his riches served as his God and he didn’t really need another God.
Many today have that attitude. They live for today and never think about when they die. It’s then that they will need God but then it will be too late for God to rescue them.
So the time came that the rich man died. He didn’t have Jesus in his heart so he went to hell.
It’s not what you have, what you know, but who you know that matters.
Anyway, when this man found himself in hell the first thing he did was pray for mercy but now it was too late for prayer. The damage had already been done and he didn’t get a second chance after death to call on Jesus to save him from his sins and neither will anyone else. He knew he made the biggest mistake of his life and now it was time to accept responsibility for that mistake. But it was too late to get saved and too late to pray.
Sad, but true for thousands everyday that slip off into a lake of fire.
Friend, you don’t have to let that happen to you. Call on Him today while you are alive and have time. If you don’t pray and ask Jesus to save you from your sins now while you are alive don’t expect God to hear you when you die and make your entrance into hell.
Then…it will be too late to pray.