Pray for the Unsaved

As I listen to “Oh Yes I Am” by the Kingsmen, my mind begins to think about different ones who have gone Home recently. I look forward to being reunited with them one day, but then I think of those I love who will not be there, and it brings a twinge of sadness.

I struggle to know how to reach people who have no desire for God. In their mind, their life is fine or, if it’s not, then it’s God’s fault somehow, and they want nothing to do with Him. Many I know in this state are ones who grew up in a Christian home, so it’s not that they haven’t heard the truth.

I’ve decided that, unless the Holy Spirit draws them, they will not soften their heart toward Him. Therefore, the most important thing for me to do is pray, pray, and pray.

This year, I am asking God for more of a burden for lost souls. It’s easy to get in a rut with prayer or to hit the place of feeling like some people are hopeless. At the same time, God’s Word says that He is not willing that ANY should perish. And so I persevere. This year, I plan to take a portion of each Sunday to intercede for those whom my heart is aching for. This doesn’t mean I won’t pray for them more than once a week, but I think a day (or at least a portion of a day) to really focus on and cry out to God for these loved ones will help to increase my burden.

I wonder too if some of these will only be saved through prayer and fasting. I have a hard time physically when I don’t eat, but there are many things that consume my time. In today’s society, I believe one can also abstain from media, music, cell phones, etc. This is challenging, as I am very tied to these things, but if God desires me to sacrifice things that give me pleasure for the sake of a lost soul, I must be willing to do this. I am still praying about what will help my prayers to be more effective.

Let me clarify that I am not laying down rules that everyone must abide by, nor am I saying that God won’t listen to your prayers unless you do these things. I am saying that, as I lay on my comfortable bed, eat my delicious food, and drink my wonderful coffee, it is easy to forget about those who are on their way to Hell. This is what I do not want to do! I am on the earth for a reason. One of those reasons is to be a Light to those around me. I can also intercede for others, but true intercession is not passive. It is storming the gates of Heaven, making my requests known, and trusting God to answer those prayers, knowing He died so that the whole world could be saved. His hand is not short. I believe it is the lack of those fervent prayers, which is why we don’t see more miracles today.

If you have friends or family members who don’t know the Lord, let me encourage you to not give up. When your words seem to do more harm than good, keep holding them up before the Father. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman) avails much. His Word will not return void. Sometimes we have to wait a long time, but I believe, in many cases, that the answer is on the way.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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  1. Reply January 10, 21:15 #1 Scotty Ray Searan

    You covered the issue pretty well. But I would like to add something.

    We should pray and definitely we should, but we should put legs on our prayers.

    Romans 12:13-15 King James Version (KJV)

    13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

    14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

    15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

    Romans 12:19-21 King James Version (KJV)

    19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Also as stated you mentioned we should be willing to give up something as our time, pleasures or maybe fasting for someones salvation.

    But here’s the other question. Are willing to give them up? I do not mean give up on them.

    Are we willing to pray as I have heard a lot of prayer warriors in the past “SAVE MY CHILDREN, SAVE MY FAMILY NO MATTER WHAT THE COST SAVE THEM.

    Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac to please God.

    Paul even mentioned delivering a person to satan to get there attention.

    1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

    1 Timothy 1:19-20 King James Version (KJV)

    19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

    20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

    These are drastic measures, but I hear a urgent plea in your article

    So for a short synopsis.

    We should do good to them even if they persecute us.

    We should be willing to give them up completely and allow God to work and accept God’s workings.

    God bless you.

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