Pray for the Lost
in Bible, Teachings
Promise verse: (Luk 19:10 NIV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Joe 2:25 NIV) “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm– my great army that I sent among you. God says that He will restore all that you have lost.
What are those you have lost? The work, the business, your income, studies, property, lost ministry. Whatever things that you have lost, God will give it back to you. How to receive them? There was a time in Jacob’s life that his brother Esau came to attack him and take his possessions.
1. Pray the Promises:
Jacob sought the God of heaven and prayed (Gen 32:9 NIV) Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, LORD, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper. Should I pray to receive something? Only by prayer you can inherit your blessings. (Mat 7:8 NIV) For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Those who don’t pray cannot receive any of these blessings.
- How to pray?
When you pray don’t pray for your needs alone. It is selfishness. Pray for your family, friends’ relatives and neighbors who have not accepted Jesus as their savior. Pray for your city and town which is perishing. Pray for our nation and those who rule us. (Gen 32:12 NIV) But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'” Like Jacob confess the promises and pray to God with faith. i.e a family losing everything and about to commit suicide but restored. They wrote down everything and prayed.
2. Pray with Humility:
(Gen 32:10 NIV) I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. i.e a man of God going to pray in a house who have lost many things. But they didn’t agree in prayer with him. Don’t give room for pride.
3. Pray your Fears:
(Gen 32:11 NIV) Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. Jacob openly confessed his fears to God. He told he feared Esau who would attack him and take away his possessions. He prayed will my wives live? Will the children I see live? Don’t speak faithless words. Always speak words of faith and belief.
(Gen 15:1 NIV) After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abraham was down in spirit that the promises given to him were not fulfilled. (Gen 15:2 NIV) But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”
God named Abraham and called him outside the tent because God and Abraham were friends. (Gen 15:5 NIV) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”