In last Sunday’s sermon I made the point that we can’t save people. Salvation is something that God does. If you missed it please go here to check it out
So if I can’t save people, what can I do? Well I cam across a blog post this week that gives us 18 ways we can pray for unbelievers. This is the missing component of evangelism.
Once we’ve told people about Jesus .. we need to tell Jesus about people!
We need to pray. This is what I think it means to “break up the fallow ground” (Hosea 10:12 ) . So, from 18 ways you can pray for unbelievers, here’s my top 3:
- Pray that God would put his Spirit within them. The great joy of salvation is being indwelled by God himself. Pray that God would grant this honor to those unbelievers, that he would choose to take up residence within them. “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:27).
- Pray that God would remove Satan’s blinding influence . Unbelievers have been blinded by Satan and will only ever be able to see and appreciate the gospel if God works within them. So pray that God would give them sight—spiritual sight. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
- Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. Once more, God must initiate and people must respond. So pray that God would open the hearts of these unbelievers so they can in turn believe, just as Lydia did. “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14).