Praying for the Lost

During the sermon this morning (“A Meal of Mission,” from Luke 19:1-10, the account of Zacchaeus), I referenced this resource.  We passed copies out at the service; however, I wanted to make it available to those who missed those, as well as others who follow us online.  So, it is available below or in printable .pdf format on the “Resources” page on our website.  If you would like the sermon, we make them available on the website by Tuesday of each week here, as well as on podcast.

As we heard in the sermon, Jesus’ mission on earth was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).  And, as Jesus called us to follow him, it is our mission to seek the lost and introduce them to our Savior.  And, one of the most important things we must do as we participate in Jesus’ mission is to pray for the lost.

Below is a simple tool to help you pray for the lost,  by:

  1. Praying for God’s work in them,
  2. Praying for God’s work in us, and
  3. Praying for the Process of Talking about Jesus

It was given to me by a friend and fellow disciple-maker, Ray Bandi, who gave me permission to distribute it.  We have also made it available in printable .pdf form on our website.


 

PRAYING FOR THE LOST

(Reproduced with Permission from Ray Bandi)

God has given us the great privilege of partnering with Him to bring spiritually lost people into a relationship with Himself

“We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us.” (2 Cor 5:17-20)

“The most important use of any person’s name is when we repeat it in God’s presence.”

PRAY FOR GOD’S WORK IN THEM

Pray that God would:

  • Draw them to Jesus – John 6:44
  • Take away their spiritual blindness – 2 Cor 4:3-4
  • Overcome wrong thinking – 2 Cor 10:3-5
  • Give them a heart to know God – Jer 24:7
  • Convict them of sin – John 16:8
  • Grant them repentance – 2 Tim 2:25-26
  • Open their hearts to respond in faith – Acts 16:

PRAY FOR GOD’S WORK IN ME

Pray that God would:

  • Give me compassion for spiritually lost people – Matt 9:36
  • Help me prepare to speak to people about Jesus – 1 Pet 3:15
  • Give me boldness to speak – Eph 6:19
  • Help me to speak clearly – Col 4:4
  • Give me endurance to keep praying – Heb 10:36

PRAY FOR THE PROCESS OF TALKING ABOUT JESUS

Pray that God would give me opportunities (Col 4:2-6)

  • To develop my relationships with:_____________,                       ,  and              _____________________
  • To talk about God/Jesus:
    • Identify with Jesus
    • Share my stories
    • Ask about his/her spiritual journey
    • Share the good news of the Bible one piece at a time
    • Put the pieces of the gospel together
    • Ask if he/she is ready to believe in Jesus

This of course is only one tool you can use as you go and tell others about our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  What are some of the others you have found most useful?  Please tell us about them in the comments below!

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  1. The usefulness of some of the tools for discipleship is hard to realize. When someone is ready to listen, we often see the results. But my meaning applies to the person to whom we witness years before they make the decision to come to Christ.

    We often see the denial and rebellion in their responses, and maybe we would not see in our lifetime the fruit of our efforts. Nevertheless, we should not hesitate to send the message of the Gospel and leave a lasting impression by our examples that might not be forgotten and, perhaps, would later come to make sense to someone when they must face the truth of their self-destructive ways. This is why we must have faith and courage in discipleship. No matter how the world initially perceive and react to us, we could not go wrong by gladly sharing the good news of the One who loves and saves His children.

    Thanks for the great message.

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