I felt to include the entire account of the parable of the unnamed rich man and Lazarus. I have read some time ago that some commentators weren't sure this was truly a parable as Lazarus is named. However that may be, it is good preaching material, as is the whole Bible. The focus of this posting is as the title suggests, a prayer request from the grave! I looked up (again) the meaning of the word hell in Dr. Strong's Hebrew-Greek dictionary. It is as follows:
"G86 ᾅδης hadēs (pronounced) hah'-dace From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell. Total KJV occurrences: 11" And based on the Strong's definition of G1492, it is a place of consciousness.
I remember working at the Kaiser Aluminum plant shortly after I turned to God. In the plant at the time we worked around what were called pots that were very, very hot. Usually we had a quota of work to do, which when finished, allowed us to sit around in the break room (short of emergencies) till it was time to punch out and go home. One night in winter we were awaiting midnight to punch out. It was cold outside. One of my fellow employees was standing next to a pot to warm himself. Another fellow raised the door to the pot as a joke and the fellow who was warming himself had to move away quickly and said, "If hell is that hot, I don't want to go there." I looked up in Strong's and found that the second part of the Greek (G1492) means essentially a consciousness of where you are. I have to agree with the fellow, I don't want to go there either.
But my understanding is that people will go there. I wonder if they pray for their loved ones from hell. If so they wouldn't want anybody to experience the torment of eternal fire. I might say as a preacher and from an academical position, that I don't want anyone to go to hell, but someone in hell would surely not want their loved ones (or anybody else) to experience the fires of hell. No one living today has ever come back from hell. Oh we read of so-called near death experiences, but let me say that they were near death experiences, not death experiences. The only one who ever came back from the dead and is alive today and forevermore is the Lord Jesus. He is the only one that can speak with any authority on the subject of hell.
The Lord Jesus in the parable said "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Jesus was of course speaking to the Jews and as a Gentile I don't have to listen to Moses! Maybe not, but He did rise from the dead and He is speaking to me now. Is He speaking to you also?