“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
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).
Praise the Lord Jesus, who will be “revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels” (2 Thess. 1:7). Thank him that he will come to restore justice and righteousness in the earth. Confess the times when you have not lived in awareness of Christ’s coming again in power and judgment. Ask him to help you desire and look forward to his coming, and commit yourself to preparing yourself and others for “the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all who have believed” (1:10).
Ask the Spirit to give the churches in your community a sense of urgency in bringing the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection to the unchurched and unbelieving in their neighborhoods.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).