Paul reminds the important issues Timothy has to settle in Ephesus. He begins with public prayers, especially for the conversion of the unsaved. (2:1—8). He referred to the importance, various essential elements in prayer, the main points and the purposes. Why should we pray seriously for the salvation of souls?
- For our own good.v.2b
- For the pleasure of God. V. 3
- For the fulfillment of God’s own will. V. 4.
Not only our prayers indirectly helps us, it’s something that God is very much pleased and considers as the best and fitting spiritual exercise from our part. Why does the Lord take our evangelistic prayer so seriously and finds delight in it? The third reason we considered only briefly in our last study. Prayers for the salvation of souls are fitting; for it is God’s own desire that all must be saved.
Romans 10:1-2 Brothers, my heart’s desire and PRAYER to God for the Israelites is that they may BE SAVED. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
Lord, I pray that You would teach me to yield myself to Your Spirit as I pray for the salvation of those who do not know you. Holy Spirit, teach me to trust You as a living person who leads my life and my prayers. I long to see Your power in my life just as the Apostle Paul did as he reached out to the lost (1 Corinthians 2:2-5). I thank You that You indwell, seal, sanctify, and empower me. You guide me, teach me, and pray through me. Help me to partner with You as I use Your Word in praying for the salvation of my family, friends, and co-workers. Make me sensitive to Your promptings and teach me to partner with You in praying Your Word over those who are searching for You.
I thank you that the darkness vanishes as I pray for the lost. Thank you for convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). I pray that you will soften the hearts of [Name one-by-one others who do not know Christ]. Remove the spiritual blindness from their eyes, and help them to understand the truth about You. Bring them to repentance and salvation (Acts 3:19). I believe that You are working in their hearts even as I pray. Help me to let my light shine before men, that they may see my good deeds and glorify my Father in heaven (Mathew 5:16). Help me to be Your light in their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prayer To Know the Truth
Jesus, my Savior, your word says that you chose us before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in your sight. Jesus, my friend is living contrary to your word. She has chosen to walk in the way of sinners. Jesus, help her. May she come to the end of herself by knowing the truth that is found in your word. Save her soul from the lies of the enemy. Show her that you are the way, the truth and life. Jesus, I pray to you, for you are doing something new in her life. In your glorious name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Prayer for a Heart of Flesh
Lord of Unfailing Love, we know that the enemy has blinded the hearts of sinners so that they are not able to hear your voice when you call them. Lord, remove the heart of stone from them and replace it with the heart of flesh so that they can be able to receive your Son, Jesus, and to hear your voice. Let every lie that the enemy has told them over time be exposed by your word. Let the truth prevail over their lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Prayer for Mercy
God of All Mercy, you have been merciful to man since the creation of the world. There are so many things that we have done that go against your word, but because you are a loving Father that cares deeply about his children, you have forgiven us and set us free from any condemning charges. Father, I ask for mercy on behalf of those who are lost. Let your mercy fill their hearts that they may be able to know that you’re the true living God who was and is to come. Help them to know that it is only in surrendering themselves to you that they will find real rest and unconditional love. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Prayer To Open Their Heart
Father, my Miracle-Worker, sinners cannot come to you unless you open their hearts. Lord, as evangelists all over the world prepare to go and preach the gospel of Jesus, may you open up the hearts of those who are lost that they may be able to hear the word and accepted it as the truth. Uproot every lie that has been planted in their heart. Open their understanding that they may be able to see the truth that is found in your word. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Prayer for Freedom from Enslavement
Oh God of my Salvation, it is for freedom that Christ came that we may not be yoked to the yoke of enslavement. Sadly, very many people in this world are yoked to enslavement. They prefer the pleasures that the world offers to them instead of the freedom that you’ve given us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Father, help them to understand the freedom that you’ve provided to us freely and how to walk in it so that they can turn their lives around and I start worshiping you. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Prayer for Grant the Lost Repentance
O God of Victory, grant the lost grace for repentance. Lead these men and women to the knowledge of the truth which is found in scripture. Open their spiritual eyes that they may know that life is beyond the physical and earth is just where we prepare for eternity. Cause them to hit rock bottom in areas where their hearts are hardened so that they can listen t
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