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If you want to bring people to Jesus you are going to have to pray them there. Prayer is the key to all lasting evangelism and discipleship. Not any kind of prayer, but deep intentional prayer in the Holy Spirit. We must commit ourselves to intercede for our lost friends, family members, neighbors and fellow workers. God wants to guide us in these prayers. His Spirit is already groaning for them and He wants to set in your heart His attitude as you pray for them. So when you pray for the lost, first seek to enter into God’s presence and seek His heart for those for whom you are praying. Here are some directions on praying for lost people.
1. Remember as you pray that no one has a greater passion for the lost than God. Now ask God to pour some of this passion into your heart, by His Holy Spirit, as you begin praying.
2. Remember that God’s goodness leads people to repentance. Now ask God to begin His good work in their lives. Think of blessings you have received and ask God to shower His blessings on their lives as well.
3. Remember that the love of God draws men to Himself. Now ask God to show you specific ways in which you can show the love of Jesus to your friends. Be ready to do what He shows you. It may call for you to help them in a special way. It may call for you to ignore an offense they have caused you or to forgive them of a hurt they have inflicted upon you. What ever God shows you obey Him. He is answering your prayer.
4. With this attitude in mind, go to your friend or family member and tell them that you believe God, the Creator, has blessed your life in response to your prayers. Tell them that you have felt a desire to pray for them. Ask them if this would be all right and what are specific needs they might have that you can pray for. Then be sure to pray specifically for them every day.
Here is the promise we want you to make. We want you to pledge to God that you will faithfully pray for specific friends, family members, neighbors and work mates every day until the time of our Church Partnership Evangelism ministry. Below is a pledge sheet for you to complete.
I know that You desire for those I know and love to come to You in faith and find salvation through Jesus Christ Your Son. I know that You long to forgive them of their sins and put in them Your eternal life. I now pledge to seek Your desire for these individuals in my prayers and actions.
I pledge for the next __________________ months to pray every day making specific and thoughtful request on behalf of… (list the names below)
Family members: _____________________________________________________
Work mate: _____________________________________________________
I pledge to seek Your Holy Spirit to guide me in my prayers for them and I ask that You would use this time of intercession to prepare their hearts for the new life You wish to give them through Your Son.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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A PDF of this prayer covenant is available here.