Praying for Salvation
Most of us, even those with a heritage of faith, have someone in our lives who has yet to come to a saving faith in God. We certainly can relate, then, to those who come to us to ask us to intercede for a loved one. We know the “God is not willing that any should perish”, so we know we are praying according to His will as we pray for these loved ones. But what specifically should we be praying as we intercede?
The Navigators give these prayer pointers:
* Ask the Lord to give them a hunger to know Him and seek for truth. (Acts 17:26-27; Isaiah 65:1).
* Ask Him to remove whatever the enemy is using to blind them to the truth of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew 13:19).
* Ask Him to prepare their hearts and guide them into all truth. (Luke 24:45; John 16:13-14; Romans 10:20).
* Pray He will bring the Spirit of God and others into their lives to bear witness to Jesus Christ. (John 15:26-27; Acts 16:14; Hebrews 2:4)
* Ask that He will convict them of sin, righteousness and judgment, and their need for Jesus Christ as Savior. (John 16:8-11; Acts 16:29-30)
* Pray He will cause the gospel to come to them not only in word, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. (1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9)
* May He cause them to see the gospel as from God and not men. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Mark 16:20)
* Ask Him to reveal to them who Jesus Christ really is. (Matthew 16:16-17; John 6:44; Galatians 1:16)
* May He give them the grace to repent and to come to know the truth. (2 Timothy 2:25-26; Ephesians 2:8-9)
* May He give them the power to become children of God and to be born again from above. (John 1:12-13; Colossians 1:13-14)
* Pray that by His grace makes them alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-7; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Matthew 13:23)
Personal Preparation for Prayer
As with any relationship, when we don’t keep our relationship with God fresh we can begin to take it for granted. And, when we’ve walked with the Lord for a while, we can begin to wane in the “joy of our salvation.” Jesus warns his disciples about this when he tells them, “Don’t rejoice that the demons obey you, rejoice that your names are written down…” It can be too easy to rejoice in all God is doing through us and lose the wonder of His being in us.
1. Spend some time refreshing the joy of your salvation.
2. Meditate on and praise God for the amazing grace it took to redeem you, and the wonderful reality that the great and sovereign Creator wanted not only to save you, but desires to be in union with you.
3. Spend some time just basking in the presence of the Lord and wonder at the privilege of it.
4. Ask the Lord to make you more sensitive to the eternal peril of the unsaved, and give you a more fervent heart for prayer and witness for the perishing.
More Ways to Pray
1. Pray that the Lord will prompt our people to be diligent in prayer for their unsaved loved ones.
2. Ask the Lord to give opportunities to our people to witness to their unsaved loved ones.
3. Ask the Lord to help His people to persevere in those often-difficult relationships with unsaved loved ones.
4. Pray these for these unbelievers to come to special events at our church when invited, and will get a deeper understanding of the gospel of grace.
5. Pray our church will be faithful to proclaim the truth of the gospel clearly so any who come through our doors will be led closer to a decision for Christ.
6. Pray our people will be faithful witnesses because they never know when that prompting they receive to share the gospel may be an answer to a prayer made by some unknown saint on behalf of their unsaved loved one.
7. Pray that there we will be fruitful and see a harvest of souls for the Kingdom this year.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries