Everyone is a servant of God. Some just don't want to serve, and God the benevolent Master allows them to choose whether they will obey Him or not. Though Lenin is dead, it may not be too late for him to choose to serve God. If that be the case, I certainly hope Lenin can make the right choice. Therefore I pray that he will.
I am sorry, but, I have to disagree with this statement.
How can this be? How can Lenin, now that he is dead, still choose to serve God?
My understanding is that we were granted "life" and during our life we either do good or evil. That is our choice. We have been given the teachings of all the Prophets, the Church Fathers, and more importantly the example that Christ gave us. We choose while here on earth, to serve or not.
Once we are dead, it is beyond our capabilities to choose to "do good". We've missed the boat at that point.
It is true that God wishes for the salvation of every soul, but, each soul must also wish that for itself.
In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man saw Lazarus sitting in the bosom of Abraham and asked that Lazarus give him a drop of water. This was refused. He asked then that Lazarus return to earth and warn his brothers. This too was refused. I get the symbolism here....that the world was given prophets, and wise men, and even should a man return from death the world will not believe. This is in reference to Christ. However, it clearly stated that we have all the knowledge, the foundation, to live a good life. It's up to us to do it, while we are alive.
Additionally, why bother praying for the dead? If they were bad while alive, well, they still can change and "choose to serve God" in death. I don't think so.
We pray that God have mercy on the souls of those who have passed from this life, because they are no longer able to help themselves. They are not capable of "removing" the sins of their lives, of cleansing their souls. The only things that help them now, are our prayers, the intercession of the Saints on their behalf and our good deeds in memory of them. Only we, who are alive, can help them now.
We will all reap in the after life, what we sow here on earth.
God help us so that we may sow good, fruitful seed!
...just my humble opinion...