Praying for the Lost

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).

As we pray for the lost, I believe God is at work. He is revealing Himself; He is bringing people and situations across the paths of nonbelievers that might cause them to think more of eternal things. He is thwarting Satan’s grip on them, and for a time, shining light into their hearts. But He will not force them to choose Him. He will not override their free will.

So as we pray for specific lost people, we need to remember this principle: Is what we are asking in line with what God would do in pursuit of this person? Or are our prayers attempting to manipulate the person’s free will?

Father, I lift up ____________________ to You right now. My heart’s desire, Lord, is that he (or she) would come to saving faith in You. Lord, would You bring about circumstances in his life that get him thinking about his spiritual need? Stir up in him a longing for You. I pray that You would put dynamic, winsome believers in his path, people he likes and respects, whose personalities draw him. Give me words to speak into his life that would make him think. Allow him windows of opportunity where Your light will shine into his heart. Hold back the forces of darkness that seek to manipulate his thoughts. Bring him to the end of himself so he desires a Savior. Amen.

–Taken from Praying like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf (Click on the title for more information on this resource).

Prayer Points
Praise the God of everlasting kindness (Isa. 54:8). Thank him for exercising kindness, justice, and righteousness—and for delighting in them (Jer. 9:24). Confess any unkind deed or word or thought that has hurt another person. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of kindness by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to add kindness to your faith (2 Pet. 1:5-7).

Pray that your kind attitude will attract unsaved friends and coworkers to the Lord. Ask God to create natural opportunities for you to share your faith.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).