Purposefully Praying for Lost People

We sat on the concrete floor with our friends’ family surrounding us, waiting intently for what we would say.

Our friends were newly married, and we’d been invited back to the family home to stay overnight.

We had the opportunity to share the gospel and encourage the family, and it was an answered prayer happening right before my eyes.

Days before, I had been praying for this trip and had asked others to pray, too. I knew I’d be around people who have yet to come to faith in Jesus, and I wanted to be able to share the gospel with them.

That night, 3 people who had yet to believe in Jesus heard the story of a God Who created them and loves them. And while 3 seems small, to me, they represent billions of lost people around the world who haven’t yet heard and responded to the gospel.

Why do we pray for these lost people? Why did I take the time to pray to have an opportunity to share the gospel while celebrating the marriage of 2 friends?

We should pray for the lost because someone prayed for us when we were lost. When we didn’t know Jesus, people prayed that we would have an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. It’s our responsibility to pray the same for our lost brothers and sisters around the world.

We can talk a lot about why we should pray, but we must also know how to pray for the lost. One way I do that is by prayerwalking. Prayerwalking is a great way to purposefully pray for lost people in my city, while allowing God to remind me of the lostness I live in. I pray for open hearts, open homes, and open heavens and that the strongholds of my city would come down in Jesus’ name.       

In 2 Peter 3:9, we read that God is patient, not wanting any to die without repenting. When we pray for the lost—the neighbor next door, a student, or, in my case, a South Asian—we should remember that God is the only One Who can save and He wants to see all saved. All lost people matter to God, and they should matter to us, too.

Emily Todd* is a cross-cultural worker serving among the people of South Asia.

*Name changed.

Photo courtesy of IMB.

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