“Sure to be Answered”
1 John 5: 16: “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will give him life to those who commit sin not leading to death.” In the previous verses St. John promises that God will answer any prayer we pray according to His will. This is to build our faith to pray this kind of prayer – asking Him to forgive others. This doesn’t necessarily require boisterous confrontation, accusation, or condemnation, just prayer. So when you hear someone break the third commandment, or the first, or the tenth, or any other, simply pray quietly, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus seemed to think it was important (Luke 23: 34); who are we to refuse?