In the darkness of unbelief, only the light of the gospel can bring a soul to faith in Christ. The power of God’s Word breaks through the thick layer of hardened crust that veils understanding or receptivity to God’s message of salvation.
Faith is received in an instant, but the process leading up that point of conversion can take many years. God uses a Christian’s prayer on the behalf of a lost soul as an important part of that process.
(Click here to read an amusing story of how God used an unchurched boy to help an 85 year old agnostic woman come to faith)
An effective prayer relies on the promises of God’s Word. The following are four short prayers to help a Christian pray for lost souls.
#1 Open the eyes of their heart
“Lord, I trust the power of your Word to turn on the light of faith. I confess that I wrestle with doubt or the impossibilities of [insert name] ever coming to faith. Forgive me, Lord. I specifically ask that You open the eyes of their hearts. Remove the lies from the god of this age so that they may see Your glory. Amen.”
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor. 4:4)
# 2 Set them free from spiritual captivity
The problem with living in spiritual darkness is that a lost soul does not know their predicament. Only by the light of faith can a soul see they were in spiritual captivity. “Oh, Lord, only by the power of Your Word can a soul escape the clutches of darkness. Encourage me today to never give up sharing the knowledge of truth with all people you place in my life. Open my eyes to the spiritual condition of lost souls. Amen.”
“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:25-26)
#3 Grant them a willing heart to listen
A stubborn heart will not bend its ear to hear His Word. “Lord, do whatever is necessary to provide a captive audience to hear Your Word. Eternity is at stake. I express my willingness to be Your vessel. Use me as a sower and plant the seeds of the gospel so that more ears can hear and more eyes can open. I understand that sowing takes patience, persistence, and love. I trust Your timing and Your promise that Your Word works. Amen.”
“For this people’s hearts has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with the ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. (Matthew 13:15)
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
#4 Send a person to share God’s Word
The Lord made a solemn observation that even though the need is great to share God’s Word, the workers are few. When the lost soul is a beloved family member, the sense of urgency dramatically heightens. The dynamic of family relationships makes sharing God’s Word especially difficult. Prompted by love and concern, we pray for a Christian to enter their lives. “Lord, may I be that person a family member is praying for right now to share God’s Word with a loved one. Amen.”
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38)