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Some people, including those who identify themselves as Christians, do not believe in prayer for animals as in praying against their suffering. The first thing that should be remembered when speaking of prayer for animals is the need to refrain from making the assumption that personal opinion is the driving force behind concern for these creatures of God. Not all Christians who pray for animals are "animal lovers." Not all of them have pets; many reject vegetarianism and support the hunting and slaughter of animals for food, necessary clothing, and shelter (but not for research or sport). Nevertheless, they pray to God for animals to be delivered from torture at the hands of mentally sick people, scientists who do research on them, factory farmers who care nothing about how they treat these living creatures, and so many other situations that could be named. This type of prayer has absolutely nothing to do with promoting a belief in animals having a soul or the falsehood that they somehow need and can receive salvation.

It is absolutely scriptural to pray for animals. This doesn't mean that prayer isn't to be lifted for the perpetrators, but it is biblical to lift prayer for animals before our Lord. First, few people realize the seriousness with which God views animal cruelty. The Bible states that Jacob, by the will of God, cursed two of his own sons for two specific reasons. One was because they killed a man out of anger and the second was because they committed animal cruelty. Here is the scripture:

Genesis 49:5-7 reads, "Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united, for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall (maimed oxen). Cursed be their anger for it was fierce and their wrath for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel."

It's easy to verify that "digged down a wall" refers to cruelty to animals. Notice also that Jacob does not mention prayer for Simeon and Levi. Yes, there are times when even God will tell his servants to cease prayer for someone whose will is made up to rebel against him. We know that Samuel knew to cease prayer for Saul when we read, "And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel" (1 Sam. 16:1)? Jeremiah 7:16 says, "Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me for I will not hear thee."

This is one of several scriptures that remind the believer that some people have been turned over to a seared conscious that is never going to yield to God. Some of these people include torturers of animals. This is why it's so important to listen to God's Spirit during prayer. His word says to pray for the lost, yet his word also says not to pray for some people. His Spirit will let you know.

Does the fact that some people will persist in their desire to torture animals mean that there is no rescue for these helpless creatures? Of course not; this is one of the reasons why God receives prayer not only for the wicked torturer, but he also receives prayer for animals. He is so concerned about them that he even made a covenant with them at the same time he made one with man (Genesis 9:12). But, do we see anyone in scripture exhibiting enough care about animals to actually lift them before God? Yes, we do. Can animals pray? No, they don't "pray" in the way that a man prays to God; however, they certainly can clamor to God because the Bible, in very plain language, says that animals cried to the Lord and he heard them.

The scripture of Joel 1:18-20 reads, "How do the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry ALSO unto thee for the rivers of waters are dried up and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness."

It cannot be made any clearer that Joel's sole concern is not for a food supply for man, but also for the suffering of animals. Truth is that both a man and animals cried to God and they were heard. The Bible is our example to know what the will of God is and this includes knowing that he greatly cares for the suffering of his living, breathing creatures whether they are two or four-legged. He cares enough to hear the cries of the animals and the cries of men who will pray for animals.


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Comments/Comentarios:

so Jesus broke the law?he ate lamb.
by: ed davenport
Posted on 2012-06-19 23:28:49


To Mr. Davenport:

Where in this article did you read anything that even hinted to saying that eating meat is automatic animal cruelty?

Where in this article did you read anything that even hinted to saying that animal cruelty is meat eating?

So, why are you mentioning that Jesus ate meat, when no one spoke against meat eating? The article speaks about animal cruelty. Meat eating and vegetarianism are SEPARATE issues. But, since you brought them up, we've included links to the following content, in case you might be interested in what scripture says about meat-eating and vegetarianism:

A Question Christian Vegetarians Might Ask Themselves

Raw Foods and Vegetarianism: Keys to Living Longer?
by: Heavenly Manna
Posted on 2012-06-20 16:03:30


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