What part did any of us play in our own salvation? None at all. We believed because God opened our blind eyes and allowed us to see. With so many aching for a loved one to come to faith, we need to know all over again that God is the only One who can command light where there is darkness. It will not happen with more preaching, cunning arguments, cajoling, even begging. Over the weekend, I was asking God about how to pray in a more focused, strategic way for someone who does not yet believe. I was led to one scripture after another about light/darkness.
I asked God to help me use these as a springboard to write out this prayer. Go ahead and insert the name of your loved one in each blank. May God shed His light across the landscape of their heart because of your investment, but even more, because of His great mercy.
Lord, I remember that Paul said, ‘In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’ 2 Cor. 4:4 Oh Father, You see the one who burdens my heart so. The god of this world has blinded ______________ from seeing the light of the gospel of Christ. He/she sees Jesus but is just unmoved. They have no appetite for Him, only indifference, even revulsion.
So You are the Word. When you speak, things are created which do not exist. Your Scriptures say, ‘For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. 4:6 Unless you touch the darkness inside __________’s heart, they will never see Your light to understand the knowledge of Your glory. Just as You spoke it at the creation of the world, just as Your words created something out of nothing, would you speak again and enable belief where there is the vastness of unbelief? Have mercy on ______________.
Jesus, you said that ‘Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.’ John 3:19 I can see that ____________ loves unbelief and defends doubt. ________________ loves evil but can’t see that it’s evil. He/she is blind to depravity and numb to the consequences of sin. Enable __________’s heart to see Light and darkness and comprehend it.
Jesus, You told the crowd, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” John 12:35-36 Allow ___________ to have a healthy fear and awe of You. Enable __________ to have a fear of the devil and his angels. Allow _____________ to see the condition of a corrupt world and realize the time is short. Woo _____________, Holy Spirit, so they hear Your call.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayer, for loving ______________ enough to die in their place. Isaiah foresaw Your coming and spoke prophetically to Israel. He said, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1 I say to __________’s soul today, the same. Arise, Your light has come. Today is the day of salvation.
To You, Lord, belongs all honor, power, and glory. I praise You for your glorious plan to save mankind. May it be for ______________. Amen