“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NKJV)
In my opinion, this is one of, if not the, most important passages on intercessory prayer. This passage was given during one of the many periods of Israel’s rebellion against God. During this time, God’s judgment against them was building. The ever merciful God didn’t want to send His judgment but wanted to give them His mercy. So He looked for anyone in the land that was praying for God to be merciful and spare the people. The indication of the passage is that if He’d found even one He would have spared them all, but there was none. This indicates either that there was none who still served God or there were none who cared. Either way, no one was seeking God on behalf of Israel. The end result was that God poured out His indignation on them, consumed them with the fire of His wrath and gave them the full penalty for their sins.
How important is it that we pray for those we know that are lost? Apparently, it can be a matter of life and death. Your prayers and mine may be the only thing that stands between these folks and the certain and terrible judgment of God. It is so important that we pray for the lost and keep on praying for them.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’d much rather pray specifically than generally. These Scripture based prayers help me to do this. Remember that these requests aren’t a magic formula. These are just starting points in praying for the lost to be saved. As you begin to pray for the lost, focus on those within your circle of influence. To figure out your circle of influence work through the acronym F.R.A.N. Friends, Relatives, Associates, Neighbors. Use this to pray for specific people to be saved.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will draw _______________ to Jesus Christ in true faith and repentance. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44 NKJV)
Father, I ask You to open _______________’s eyes to the truth of the gospel. “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-6 NKJV)
Holy Spirit, I pray that You would convince _____________ that he/she is lost, separated from God, and headed to hell. (Romans 3:23) “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” (John 16:8 NKJV)
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would destroy any false ideas that _________________ has about Jesus Christ and salvation through Him. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV)
Lord Jesus, I pray that You will seek out __________________ and save him/her from his/her sins and eternal condemnation. “…the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 NKJV)
Father, I pray that You will open ________________’s heart so that he/she will receive and believe the gospel. “Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.” (Acts 16:14 NKJV)
Heavenly Father, I ask You to prepare _____________’s to hear and receive the Word of God (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23).
Heavenly Father, I pray that ______________ will understand the gospel when it is presented to him/her so that the devil cannot snatch it away (Matthew 13: 5, 9).
Heavenly Father, I pray that the Word of God will take root in ____________’s life and bring about true salvation in ____________’s life (Matthew 13:6, 20-21).
Heavenly Father, I ask that the pleasures of this world and the pressures of life will not choke the Word of God that has been sown into _______________’s life (Matthew 13:7, 22).
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will rescue ________________ from the kingdom of darkness and bring ________________ into the kingdom of Your dear Son. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” (Colossians 1:13 NKJV)
Father, I pray that _______________ will receive the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord (Romans 6:23).
Lord Jesus, I ask that _________________ will not trust in himself/herself, but that ________________ will completely trust in You as his/her Savior and Lord. (Philippians 3:3)
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would grant genuine repentance to _________________, a repentance that will cause him/her to hate the sin in his/her life and to turn from it, and turn to You (Acts 3:19; Luke 13:1-3).
Lord God, I pray that You would grant ________________ genuine faith, a faith that trusts in Jesus alone and surrenders to Him as Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Father, I pray that ________________ would surrender himself/herself to the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 14:9 “Christ died and rose again for this very purpose, so that he might be Lord of those who are alive and of those who have died.”
Father, I pray that You will send people continually into ________________’s life who will share the gospel with him/her. “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14 NKJV)
Father, I plead that _____________ will understand that his/her only hope for forgiveness and acceptance with You is through Jesus’ work on the Cross. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV)
Father, I pray that _______________ would not neglect the glorious salvation, which is available through Your Son (Hebrews 2:1-3).
Lord Jesus, I pray that ________________ will feel and know the burden of his/her sin and will come to You for forgiveness and salvation (Matthew 11:28-30).
Father, I pray that _________________ will make a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of his/her life (Luke 14:24-33).
Lord Jesus, I pray that ____________________ will not be content with the appearance of righteousness but will seek You for the transformation of his/her whole life (Matthew 23:27-29).
Father, I pray that ___________________ will see that his/her good works are as filthy rags in Your sight and that they will not save him/her. “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV)
Holy Spirit, I pray that You would humble ______________ so that he/she sees his/her need of Jesus Christ (Psalm 18:27; Proverbs 8:13, 29:23).
Holy Spirit, I pray that You will cause _________________ to hate sin and that You will break the power of those sins that are hindering him/her from coming to Christ (Mark 9:43-47).
Lord Jesus, I ask that _______________ would surrender to You, denying himself/herself, take up the Cross, and follow You (Luke 9:23).
The Six Questions Method Of Prayer Evangelism
The “Six Questions” Method of Prayer Evangelism is designed to help you intercede for the lost through a series of questions. These questions deal with the most basic issues of life. By praying for these things, the lost person can be prepared to hear and receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why: Ask God to cause this person to wonder why he or she rejects Jesus Christ and His salvation. Call on Him to show this person the foolishness of rejecting Christ and of living life without Him.
What: Ask God to cause the person to start asking the question, “What is the purpose of my life?” Plead with God to plant in his or her heart an urgency concerning this question.
When: Pray that God will grant this person an emptiness of heart. Ask God to show them that sin and selfishness will not satisfy. Call on God to cause this person to start asking the questions, “When will I really be free? When can I find true peace and hope?”
Whom: Pray that God will cause this person to doubt all the lies that he or she has concerning Christianity. Call on God to cause the person to ask, “Whom can I trust? In whom can I find hope?”
How: Plead that God will plant this question in the heart of the person, “How can I cope with my problems?” Pray that God will grant hopelessness in the heart of this person. Ask God to show this person that he or she cannot cope in his or her own power or strength. Pray that he or she will be forced to look to God.
Where: Call on God to cause this person to contemplate the question, “Where will I go when I die?”