Paul taught us how he Prayed for the Lost (those that are not saved or Born-again). Paul wrote a letter to the Christians in Rome and said, brethren, my heartís desire and Prayer to God for Israel is that they may be Saved (Born-again) (Romans 10:1 NKJV).
This teaches us that we too must Pray for the Salvation of Israel. I hear Ministers on TV and Radio talk about Praying for Israelís Peace or for the Peace of Jerusalem--and we should according to the Word (Psalm 122:6-7 KJV). However, we must also Pray for their Salvation as well, not just for their Peace. This also applies to other nations. Especially the nation we are from. I Pray for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans, and other nations as well. I have all nations listed in my Personal Prayer Journal that Iíve been putting together since 1992, till today.
Hi Faith-writers, we are going to continue our teaching on the topic of Prayer. We are focusing our attention on the Scriptures that instructs us to Pray for Peoplesí Salvation. Paul taught in-depth on this area of Prayer so did Peter. As Christians we must tap into this area of Prayer if itís new to us and start Praying effectively on behalf of the lost (those that are not Born-again).
Paulís Instructions of Praying for the Lost
Paul wrote to Timothy and mentioned the types of Prayers and Petitions that should be made on behalf of all men so that they may be Saved (Born-again).
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (v. 1)
For kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (v. 2)
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (v. 3)
Who desires all men to be Saved (Born-again) and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (v. 4) (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV)
Different Kinds of Prayers
Paul shared a few types of Prayers that we need to define so we can be clear on the application that needs to be implemented.
1. Supplications- itís the attitude in our quest to approach God in Prayer. Itís to ask humbly and earnestly with a sense of urgency and importance because people who are not Saved are going to hell for eternity. This should motivate us more than anything to Pray for the lost. We should not Pray with a religious mind-set that we have to do it out of obligation. We should Pray with a pure desire like Paul did when he Prayed for Israel knowing that they were going to hell if they did not accept Jesus as their Messiah.
2. Prayers- are all types of Prayers that are in the Bible. We are to find out the many types of Pray- ers that are available in Scripture so we may include that method of Prayer and ask God to Save those who are lost. There are a lot of Prayers in different categories or areas that we must become acquainted with to Pray more effectively.
For example, Binding and Loosen type of Prayers--what is that? You may ask! Itís a type of Prayer that Jesus taught that we must apply. And it will compliment other Prayers that are made for the Lost (See Matthew 18:18-19 NKJV).
I will write a Prayer for the Lost at the end of this article and we will see how we can incorporate the Binding and Loosen type of Prayer.
3. Intercessions-Intercessory Prayer is Praying for someone else or on behalf of someone else, be it an individual or a group of people or an entire nation. There are no limits on what or who we are to Pray for.
4. Thanksgiving Prayers- Prayers of Thanksgiving are expressions of gratitude toward God for something HE did or is about to do. In every Letter Paul wrote he would always point out in detail what he Thanked God about in his Thanksgiving Prayers. Itís good to be detailed when we give Thanks to God.
For example, Letís say we are Praying for someone who is Lost and after we initially Prayed for them--we then turn our Prayers into Thanksgiving Prayers, and say something like, Lord, we Thank you for dying on the Cross 2000 years ago to provide Salvation for my husband, wife, son, daughter, friend or acquaintance. I thank you in advance that despite what the circumstances are they will accept Your Salvation and be set free and Born-again in Jesusí name.
Therefore, no matter how it looks or what our loved ones who are not Saved (at the present moment) are into--we are to Thank God that they are Saved and they will eventually come into that Salvation that Jesus Provided 2000 years ago. You see, God already provided Salvation for mankind, so our job is to Thank God for it in-advance and also while HE is at work in the process of bringing our loved ones to their knees to accept HIM as their personal Lord and Saviorówe are instructed to give Thanks. This practice is how Paul the Apostle applied Thanksgiving Prayers and if we carefully read the Psalms in the Old Testament thatís how the Psalmist used Thanksgiving Praises and Prayers.
Praying for Who?!
Yes, Paul said it! We are to Pray for Kings (Today, that would be Presidents, Prime ministers, Governors, Mayorís and all who are in authority!!!) You mean, I have to Pray for the Salvation of the cop that gave me a ticket last week when it wasnít my fault? Yes, Sir/ or Madame. Iím not Praying for the Governor! I still didnít get my relief money from the disaster that took place and all I keep getting is the run around and a lot of red-tape. I hear you and Iím sorry for your lost, but let me explain something the main reason we are living in chaos (aside from living in ďThe Beginning of Sorrows Phase of the End-time PropheciesĒ and the disasters that are taking place right now are part of the End-time events). We must Pray so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness (1 Timothy 2:2 NKJV)
Part of the hell we are experiencing on earth is due to the lack of Prayer for our elected leaders and for their Salvation so they are easy prey for Satan and for greedy lobbyist and all kinds of briberies that are offered to them to look the other way or distribute government funds to some fake organization. If all Christians around the world would sincerely Pray and Fast for all our leaders-- our Leaders will be inspired to repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and begin doing things to the best of their abilities to serve the people and live a godly and honest lifestyle.
The next time you are tempted to criticize your elected official try Praying for them and watch how God will use them or expose them if they are a Dictator or evil ruler. If we are sincere about it God will answer our Prayers and Save them and they will be a Blessing and a solution to the poorly ran government in your area. We can never lose hope no matter how hopeless our region of government may be. Itís not a Right Wing or Left Wing problem, the truth is, it is Ungodly Wings in all groups and organizations that donít know God or who are not Born-again, this is why GOD is trying to get us to Pray for our leaders in government so that they may be Savedóso we may live a godly and peaceable lifestyle here on earth.
Praying for your Nation
Heavenly Father, we ask that you have mercy on (Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil name your country), and forgive us for all the sin, iniquity, and transgressions we have been practicing. Grant us repentance to receive Salvation so that this Nation may repent and turn from their wicked ways so You can heal our land. Touch the heart of all that are in authorityóexpose those who are exploiting the people and remove them. And replace them with the leaders that You desire so they may turn this country around by granting them wisdom to run a godly and fair government for all people in this region, in Jesusí name we pray, Amen.
Praying for the Lost
Heavenly Father, You exhorted us by the Apostle Paul that all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men and women; for kings, and for all that are in authority. So that You will have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-2, 4 NKJV).
You, are not slack concerning Your promise, You are longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)
You have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; But that the wicked turn from his way and live (Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV). We pray in the name of Jesus that You grant repentance to experience Salvation to (America, Canada, Africa, Tokyo Japan, etc. or Mike, Maggie, Tony or Tinaóname the country or individual you are praying for), because no man, woman, or country can come to You unless You draw them by the Power of Your Holy Spirit (John 6:44 NKJV). Use any medium by sending laborers across their path (Luke 10:2 NKJV) so they may distribute a tract, a Bible, or an invite to a Christian event by TV, Radio or Web based communication.
We exercise our authority on the earth over the powers, principalities and rulers of darkness who are blinding the eyes and minds of all those who havenít received the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. We render their diabolical tactics harmless and in-effective in the Mighty name of Jesus, Binding their lies, deceptions, and manipulations that are keeping these people in the dark (2 Corinthians 4:3-4/ Luke 10:2/ Matthew 18:18-19 NKJV). And we release and loose on the earth Your Salvation, Healing, Deliverance and repentance upon all those You will ultimately touch by Your Mighty Power and bring them into Your kingdom.
We thank You for providing Salvation for them 2000 years ago at the Cross and we trust that You will manifest Your Salvation in their lives at Your appointed time and we will witness the demonstration of Your awesome Power, Glory Hallelujah!
I included all the passages of Scripture next to every quote so we may be Biblically aware of what we are Praying is totally Scriptural in all the instructions given to us to Pray effectively, Amen.