How do we pray under grace? Part 3 – Praying for the Unsaved

In our first part on this series, we discussed how not pray under grace. That was followed by the part two where we discussed how we pray in grace under the new covenant. In that part two, we said that we would get into the specifics on how a believer should pray for different kinds of people and circumstances according to the Bible.

While I was preparing the subsequent articles on the series, I came across a series on Facebook by a dear man of God whom I hold in very high esteem, on the exact subject I was planning to write on. I then thought, what is the need reinventing the wheel when someone of repute has done a very thorough job already? It is not about who shared it first or best, but it is about the message in its purity.

I have sought the permission of this great man of God to share some of his articles on this platform, to which he graciously agreed. However, I state that this does not translate to his endorsement on everything we post on this site.

You are blessed as you read and study along.

Let us Pray  – New Testament prayer points
Scriptures teach us to pray
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV “Pray without ceasing.”

It teaches us to pray for others more than for ourselves
Ephesians 6:18 KJV “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Scriptures has/have its own prayer points, they are spirit inspired and will guide us better than any other format. I call them spirit-led prayer requests.

We shall examine different categories of people we ought to pray for.

A. The Unsaved (those who are yet to believe the gospel of Christ)

The predicament of the unsaved

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

What he needs?
Light, illumination.

Let’s see a clearer analysis
Romans 10:14-16 KJV “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?”

He needs to believe.
“And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”
To believe he needs to hear.
And how shall they hear without a preacher?
To hear he needs a preacher

[15] And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
A preacher must be sent to him
[16] But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Yet the word must yet be received, honored.
Romans 10:17 KJV “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

So I ask in prayer for the following:
i) Matthew 9:37-38 KJV “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

This is in the case where I can’t directly reach the fellow, I pray for a release of persons to reach this person or persons
ii) 2 Thessalonians 3:1 KJV “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”

That all hindrances to the free flow of the light to him be taken away, the word runs freely and is glorified.

So I pray for …
The boldness of the preacher sent to the person
Colossians 4:3 KJV “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”

Acts 4:29 KJV “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”

Finally as taught in Ephesians 6:18,  pray these in the Spirit.

Ready? Pen down a name or names of persons you want to pray for

Let us pray!

Jesus is Lord, We Win!

In the part 4,  we shall discuss how we pray for believers.

Adapted with permission, from Facebook post by Reverend Chris Olusegun Onayinka.

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