Can I pray for the dead to be raised?

Q: Can I pray for the dead to be raised?

In Matthew 10, Jesus told His disciples to raise the dead, saying,

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to pray that a dead person be resurrected, then go ahead. Do pray for that. If the burden is genuinely from God, press in, and you will see your miracle. If the burden is not from God, you will not receive your miracle, but you are not condemned in the process, because you exercised faith in believing that the burden was from God.

I met a man who prayed for a dead person to be raised, but the dead person was not raised. I had more respect for that man afterward, and not less. The man exercised faith, and I believe the Lord was pleased with him.

I have heard of people praying for people to be raised for many hours. I have heard of (but have not personally witnessed) dead people being raised.

About Daniel Parkes

Daniel Parkes has worked in fields of technology for many years and currently writes software that is used to publish websites. He graduated from McGill University in 1985 and began working in fields of technology (microwave telecommunication design) soon afterwards. In 1987, he left engineering to study theology, but became very sick. The Lord led him on a journey to discover what was making him sick, and through this has learned many valuable lessons which relate to why people may get sick. The Lord did heal him (fully). He returned to engineering in 1993 and has been working as an engineer ever since. He has authored many articles through FCET (Fellowship of Christian Engineers and Technologists) at, which is mostly an online outreach which he started in 1998. There are currently more than 1000 articles on this website, written by more than 100 authors. If you are interested in making your personal testimony known through FCET, please use the contact form on that website.
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