PRAY FOR THE LOST: The Importance of Believers Praying for the Salvation of the Lost

Always be praying for the salvation of the lost

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
–1Timothy 2:1,3-4

About ten months ago, while on the subject of “the importance of the believer to pray for the lost,” it was remarked that “the prayers of believers affect the salvation of the lost” in a positive manner.

Someone then countered “I don’t think that’s in the Bible!

Yes, it actually IS in the Bible.

It is important for the believer to pray for the lost for several reasons.

1- God hears the prayers of the believer–and if he hears their prayers, then ANYTHING the believer asks (according to God’s will), the LORD will grant.

The one praying does not have to be able to understand how the lost person he prays for will repent.

It is God who does that work.

It is the work of the one praying to pray for the lost.

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
–1John 5:14-15

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2- It is the will of God that NONE be lost.

“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.”
–2Peter 3:9

So, praying for the salvation of the lost is definitely according to God’s will.

3- The Holy Spirit resides within the believer and makes intercession ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” 
–Romans 8:26-27

For all of these VERY BIBLICAL reasons, it is important for the believer to pray for the salvation of the lost.

The prayers of believers most certainly affect the salvation of the lost.

In addition, believers fear God.

And the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
–Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
–Psalm 111:10

And, being wise, believers know the “he that winneth souls is wise.”

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
–Proverbs 11:30

Pray for the lost and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ: those are the two works of man which can affect the lost.

Man is NOT persuaded by logic, arguments, pretty pamphlets or the other hundreds of other gospels used by those who claim to “want to lead others to salvation.”

And so, it is VERY important–and biblical!–for believers to pray for the lost.

VERY IMPORTANT.

DOES the reader believe all of the fables about how one is able to “lead someone to the LORD?

WOULD the reader be surprised to find that this idea is foreign to God’s Word?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 18, 2018.]

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