Praying Your Friends to Christ
Praying Your Friends To Christ
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Day One: Jesus told him, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” JOHN 14:6
God, I know there is only one way to salvation. Jesus is clear; He is the only hope for a lost and dying world, and that includes (friend's name). His/Her salvation depends on acknowledging Jesus is who He says He is, and He alone is the source of salvation. Use the people and circumstances in (friend's name)’s life today to point him/her to the reality of Jesus. Give me courage and boldness to call (friend's name) to faith in Jesus when the opportunity arises, and help me make it clear there is no other way to be saved.
Day Two: . EZEKIEL 11:19–20, “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
Father, (friend's name) needs a new heart. You are the only One who can change a heart that is living in rebellion to You and submitting to the slavery of sin. Apart from Your grace, (friend's name) has no hope to know You and follow Your ways. I long for (friend's name) to know You as his/her God and to experience the grace You so freely give. In Your rich love, give him/her a new heart, and put a new Spirit in place of his/her heart of stone.
Day Three: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” .MATTHEW 11:28–30
Lord, this world is filled with burdens. I know (friend's name) experiences the reality of suffering in a broken, sinful world. People look to everything but Jesus to find hope and peace, and I know (friend's name) is no exception. He/she runs to things other than You to relieve the pain of life and achieve some sense of comfort. Father, I know You are the only one who can provide true rest. Cause (friend's name) to recognize the futility of looking to anything in this world for the rest he/she seeks, and let this reality drive him/her to You in repentance and saving faith.
Day Four: “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” ACTS 16:14
God, Lydia’s story gives me hope for the salvation of (friend's name) . Give me the boldness of Paul. Make me courageous to share the gospel message with (friend's name) in a way that is clear and compelling. Help me reject the fear that causes me to shy away from speaking the Truth in love. Do for (friend's name) what You did for Lydia. Open his/her heart to believe the gospel. Align the circumstances of life to soften his/her heart to the truth of the gospel, and cause him/her to listen intentionally and respond humbly to Jesus’ offer of salvation.
Day Five: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” ROMANS 6:16–18 Father, I know what it is like to live enslaved to sin. The inability to stop. The crushing guilt and shame. The longing for something more. It breaks my heart to consider (friend's name) experiences life apart from You. I know all people are enslaved to sin and live in willing defiance to Your good and perfect Word. Help (friend's name) understand that he/she is actually enslaved to sin. Use the pain and consequences of sin to cause (friend's name) to sense a need for something more. Cause him/her to obey from the heart and submit to You as a far greater Master.
Day Six: . “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. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4–6
Lord, cause the light of Your glory to shine in the life of (friend's name) . I know the clearest reflection of that glory is seen in Jesus Christ. Help (friend's name) see Jesus clearly. For this to happen, I ask for boldness to speak of Jesus and help him/her understand who Jesus is and what He came to do. Bring to my mind Scripture and stories of Jesus that will help me talk about Him in a way that puts Your glory on display. Remove the blinders Satan has created to blind him/her to the beauty of Jesus. Use other people and circumstances to cause (friend's name) to consider the truth of Jesus. I trust that You will cause light to shine into his/her darkness as a result.
Day Seven: “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 TIMOTHY 2:25,26
Father, Your opponents can only know You when they experience true repentance. I know most people do not consider themselves opponents, or even enemies, of God. But that’s exactly what they are. They are held captive by Satan to do his will rather than Yours. (friend's name) is a classic example of this reality. He/she will only recognize that captivity when he/she repents of his/her sin. Cause (friend's name) to see his/her sin for what it is—rebellion against his/her Creator and disobedience to Your perfect law. Grant him/her true repentance, not just sorrow for sin’s consequences. Help (friend's name) to admit his/her sin and turn from it toward You.
Day Eight: “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” LUKE 10:2 God, raise up other Christians who have a relationship with (friend's name)_ who can partner with me in sharing the gospel with him/her. In particular, cause his/her believing friends, family or coworkers to take every opportunity to speak Truth into his/her life. Allow the words we all share to reinforce (friend's name) truth of the gospel to (friend's name) and prompt him/her to consider the claims we are all making. Save (friend's name) , and turn him/her into another laborer who will share the gospel to his/her circle of relationships as well.
Day Nine: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” MATTHEW 5:16
Father, give me the faith to obey You in all things, so (friend's name) can experience firsthand a life that has been transformed by Your Spirit. I pray for humility, so I will not merely do what is right to feel good about myself or in order to flaunt my morality in front of others. Give me wisdom to know how to leverage the obedience that You’ve called me to pursue in order to have opportunities to speak about why my life is different. Use the distinctive life Your Spirit produces in me and the good works You lead me to perform to cause (friend's name) to long for the hope, peace, joy and meaning that only comes to those who have experienced Your salvation.
Day Ten: “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” ROMANS 10:1–3
Lord, I know it is possible for people to pursue meaningful things in this life in the vain hope that their zeal for what is perceived as good will somehow work to their eternal benefit. Far too often, those who are far from You assume things will work out in the end because they have been fairly good people in this life and given their time and energy to do what they consider good. Sadly, many are like those Paul prays for in this passage. They have zeal but lack knowledge of God’s righteousness seen in Jesus Christ. Awaken (friend's name) to Your offer of salvation, and help him/her see the futility of anything other than You as a hope for eternal salvation.
Day Eleven: “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” EPHESIANS 6:19–20
God, I need boldness in order to share the gospel with (friend's name). I know the message of the gospel is a mystery to those who are lost in their trespasses and sins. At one time, the gospel was a mystery to me as well. Your plan is that people would see and hear of Jesus through the witness of those who have experienced His grace and now see the gospel for the treasure it is. Grant me boldness to speak to (friend's name) of the hope of the gospel. I need unwavering confidence that You will use my frail words to speak of You as I should.
Day Twelve: . “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 PETER 3:9
Father, You have been patient with (friend's name) up to this point in his/her life. Every day he/she lives is a testimony to the fact that You long for all people to hear the gospel and come to saving faith. Continue to show mercy and extend (friend's name)’s life. In Your kindness, allow him/her to experience the beautiful things You’ve created and that display Your glory. Protect him/her from the full extent of the consequences of his/her sin, and allow the consequences that he/she does experience to point him/her to the need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Day Thirteen: “ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” GENESIS 12:1–3
Father, when I read the story of the call of Abram, I’m reminded that Your heart has always been for all the people and nations of the earth. You blessed Abram and gave him Your great promises so he could serve as a blessing to the nations. The same is true for all those who are heirs of these promises through salvation in Christ Jesus. We are all blessed to be a blessing to others—most importantly, to bless them by pointing them to their only hope in life and death. Make me a blessing to (friend's name). Cause me to make Your name great as I declare and demonstrate the blessing of salvation in such a way that (friend's name) will see Your glory.
Day Fourteen: “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” EXODUS 34:6–7
God, I know You as One who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. You have shown these characteristics to me time and time again. My heart breaks for the countless number of men and women who haven’t experienced Your character as I have. In particular, I pray for (friend's name). I know he/she has some concepts of who You are—many of them probably inadequate or altogether faulty. I want him/her to know You as You truly are. Cause (friend's name) to see You as the great God You are, and use me to reflect Your attributes.
Day Fifteen: “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.” PSALM 96:1–3
God, the psalmist calls me to sing to the Lord and declare His salvation among all people. Cause my life to overflow with Your joy. Make me sing Your praises day-to-day. Bring to mind consistent evidence of Your grace in my life. As You do, make these realities spill over into the words I speak to (friend's name) . Allow me to testify to the wondrous works You’ve performed in my life. When I experience Your blessings, compel me to testify to the fact that God alone is the source of my joy and the only basis for my hope.
Day Sixteen: “Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?” ECCLESIASTES 6:11–12
Lord, the wisdom of Ecclesiastes points out consistently that life in this world is futile apart from You. No wisdom, wealth or pleasure will satisfy. People like (friend's name) pursue these very things with their lives, only to find that they overpromise and under-deliver. Nothing on this earth provides lasting meaning. Only You can do that. In Your mercy, allow (friend's name) to see the futility of life without You. When he/she does, don’t allow him/her to despair, but cause him/her to direct his/her desperation to You. Make the futility of this life cause him/her to see that the only hope is You. Your salvation and the hope that comes from Jesus is the only thing that will never let him/her down.
Day Seventeen: “Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” JONAH 4:10–11
Father, I know You are a kind God who cares about the lost and those destined for destruction. Like Nineveh of old, our world Is filled with people who don’t know their right from their left. People like (friend's name) live in sinful rebellion to You. You’ve appointed men and women to be Your mouthpiece to a dying world, just as Jonah was. Spare (friend's name) from destruction, and use my words as a tool to call him/her to repentance. Allow me to speak clearly and boldly about the realities of hell and Your eternal wrath and call (friend's name) to repent before it is too late.
Day Eighteen: “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” HABAKKUK 2:14
God, You have promised there will be a day when Your glory is seen and known throughout the earth. Right now, (friend's name) does not have knowledge of Your glory. He/she is lost. I know Your glory already fills the earth. It’s seen in amazing sunrises, powerful thunderstorms and the laughter of children. Everywhere I look, I see things that cause me to praise You! (friend's name) is blind to Your glory. He/she sees beauty and does not attribute it to You. He/she experiences joy and fails to understand You created it. Change his/her heart so he/she can know the Source of all that is great in this life.
Day Nineteen: “And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.” MATTHEW 9:1–2
Father, the Bible tells many stories of unnamed men and women who brought their friends to Jesus. I long to bring (friend's name) to You as well. Like the paralytic in this story, I know You are capable of doing far more than merely addressing his/her external needs. You know his/her heart, and You are the only One who is able to forgive his/her sins. (friend's name) may not even sense his/her need for forgiveness at this time, but I understand all people are dead in their sins and are hopeless and helpless apart from the forgiveness You offer. As I strive to bring (friend's name) to You, do what only You are capable of doing and save him/her.
Day Twenty: “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:.” COLOSSIANS 1:13–14
Lord, it is amazing to think of the great work You have done in my life. As Paul says, You have rescued me from the domain of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of Your Son. I did not deserve this type of grace. No one does. You have done for Your people what they could not do for themselves, and now I boldly ask You to do the same for (friend's name) . Right now, he/she is in the domain of darkness, though he/she may not recognize it. Because of Your great love, grant (friend's name) salvation and transfer him/her into Your kingdom of light.
Day Twenty-One: “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” 1 CHRONICLES 16:34
Father, I give thanks to You for Your goodness in my life. I know Your faithful love endures forever. You have never abandoned me, and You continue to demonstrate grace in my life, though I’m so prone to forget Your kindness or rebel against Your authority. (Friend's name) needs to know Your love. He/she needs more than an intellectual understanding of Your existence; rather he/she needs to experience the love You have demonstrated in my life. Break through his/her hard heart, and cause him/her to truly experience Your life-transforming love and to be able to join with me in giving You thanks for all You are and all You have done
Day Twenty-Two: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” EPHESIANS 1:13
God, I know You give Your promised Holy Spirit to all those whom You have saved. Your Spirit is a defining mark of Your people. I pray (friend's name) would experience Your salvation and receive the gift of Your Spirit. I know it is Your Spirit who works in the hearts of people like (friend's name) to convince them of their sin and their need for Jesus. I ask that Your Spirit do this work in (friend's name)’s life and that Your Spirit will fill and seal him/her when he/she hears Your Word and believes the truth of Your gospel.
Day Twenty-Three: “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” MARK 4:3–9
Father, cause the seed being sow in (friend's name)’s life to produce fruit. I know the enemy likes nothing more than to see the sun or thorns destroy the seed of the gospel in his/her life. Do the work of tilling the soil in his/her heart, so the message of the gospel is received. I know You are able to transform even the hardest heart, as You demonstrated in the transformation of the apostle Paul. Nothing is impossible for You. I ask You to show Your power once again and cause (friend's name) to produce exponential fruit.
Day Twenty-Four: “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. https://biblehub.com/mark/10-22.htmAnd he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.” MARK 10:21–22
God, there is so much in this world that wars against people coming to faith in You and giving their lives to follow You as a disciple. There is perhaps no greater obstacle than possessions and money. I know You have said it is difficult for the rich to enter Your kingdom. Though (friend's name) may not consider himself/herself rich in this life, I know it is possible for possessions, or the pursuit of those possessions, to cause a person to reject You. Show (friend's name) the futility of pursuing things of this world that can be destroyed in a moment, and cause him/her to consider the reality of eternity. As he/she does, show him/her You are a greater treasure than anything this life could provide.
Day Twenty-Five: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” ACTS 2:37–38
Father, I long for (friend's name) to ask this question: What must I do to be saved? Right now he/she is content to live apart from Your love, but I know all of that can change in a moment. Awaken him/her to his/her need for the gospel. Give me the courage to call (friend's name) to repentance, and grant me the joy of seeing him/her baptized as a public testimony of his/her faith in Jesus Christ. I know You forgive sins and give Your Holy Spirit to all those who are saved. I pray he/she would connect to Your Church and be discipled to maturity following his/her conversion.
Day Twenty-Six: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 CORINTHIANS 15:54-57
God, the resurrection is my hope. I believe Jesus rose victorious over Satan, sin and death, and His resurrection was the first fruits of all those who have faith in His work. We, too, will rise again one day! (Friend's name) does not know this same hope. Remind him/her of his/her own mortality, and create an awareness of his/her need for eternal hope. Use the reality of the brokenness of this life and the reality of death to jar (friend's name) from his/her complacency, and position those who know You to testify to the hope of the resurrection.
Day Twenty-Seven: “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 THESSALONIANS 1:8–10
Lord, Paul gives thanks for those in the Church who turned from idols to serve You, the true and living God. This is exactly what (friend's name) needs to do. Though he/she would likely not admit he/she is serving idols, that’s exactly what’s happening. Money. Power. Possessions. Fame. Anything other than You! Cause (friend's name) to see these things for what they are—frail and flimsy sources of hope and ultimately not worthy of worship. I pray for a time when I will be able to look back on (friend's name)’s life and testify that he/she turned from idols to trust in You—the only true God.
Day Twenty-Eight: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 PETER 3:8–9
Father, thank You for being patient with (friend's name). I know every day You extend his/her life is testimony to Your longsuffering and desire for all people to know and personally experience the hope that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. I also understand You could return at any moment and, when You do, it will be too late for those who have never repented of their sins and trusted You. I pray this reality will create a sense of urgency in my life and cause me to share with boldness. I ask that Your kindness will lead (friend's name) to repent of his/her sins and experience life with You now and forever.
Day Twenty-Nine: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” REVELATION 5:9
God, You are worthy of the worship of all people. You created all things for Your glory and made every person who has ever lived to proclaim Your excellence. This is true of (friend's name), as well. When I read John’s picture of the worship of every tribe, tongue and nation in heaven, I picture (friend's name) among that group. Save him/her, so he/she would join in the chorus of those who praise You as worthy. As I seek to share with (friend's name), burden my heart for all people around the world who do not know You. Save (friend's name), and use him/her to declare Your glory among the nations as well.
Day Thirty: “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” REVELATION 21:3–6
Lord, I long for the day when You will make all things new. This world is broken, and I know You will come and recreate all things. I know You have set a day when Christ will return and do just that. I ask You to save (friend's name) before that great day. Make him/her thirsty for the water of life You freely give. Use the witness of Your people to point him/her to salvation through Jesus Christ. I know You are the Beginning and the End—the only hope for salvation for all people. So, I ask You to give (friend's name) new life in Christ.