How do we pray for Jane? — Part 2

Thanks to K. Beezy’s sharpening, I want to add a couple of verses my thoughts below about Jane.

First, when making discerments about Jane, we need to heed Christ’s word and look for fruit in her life. Matthew 7:15-23 directs us that we wll recognize [false prophets] by their fruit. While no one has accused Jane of being a false prophet, the spirit of the passage is clear — we must discern the spiritual fruit in the lives of those around us. Why must we make these discerments? Jesus answers in verses 21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'”

Second, in making these Biblical judgments about others, we need to look through the lens of Romans 8:9-17. We learn 2 things from this passage. The primary point is that, in every believer, the Spirit is at work putting to death the deeds of the flesh.

So look back at Jane. Do we see over a period of time her life looking more like Christ? Is she becoming more holy? How about less worldly?

The secondary point in these verses is that Christlikeness is a process. So we may need some patience for the Jane’s in our life. As K.B. pointed out, the process is ongoing–it may slow for a season, but it is ongoing. Difference paces can be seen in different saints’ sanctification. But, if over time, we do not see the Spirit at work, we do not see the image of Christ being made more clear in Jane’s life and we see no “putting off” of the things of the flesh, then we should pray, based on the Romans passage, for Jane’s salvation.

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One thought on “How do we pray for Jane? — Part 2

  1. Anonymous says:

    You did a great job at closing on our “How do we pray for Jane? Part 2, topic. We do need to be compassionate on and of peoples whose sanctification seems slow or static, but as you said, over time we must see the dying to flesh and with Jane, dying to this world. Romans 8 helped direct us on how we must pray for Jane. We must now pray for God to show her Christ as perfect and perfect to be treasured, and Pray Ez 11:19 for her heart. Prayerful.

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