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Praying for People to Turn To Christ

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2024 Kingdom Venture-Day 19 Adapted from Church of the Highlands 21 Days Prayer Guide

PRAYING FOR PEOPLE TO TURN TO CHRIST

God desires for everyone to know Him. As followers of Christ, we are called to partner with Him in praying for those who don’t know Him to come to know Him and accept the free gift of salvation.
 

01. ASK THE FATHER TO DRAW THEM TO JESUS
God draws people to Himself. It’s not something we can make happen based on our own e!orts, so we need to be faithful in praying that the Father would draw those He’s placed on our hearts to Jesus.
 

"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them..." JOHN 6:44 NIV
 

PRAYER:
“Father, I pray for the people around me (list specific names), that You would supernaturally draw their hearts to You. Send Your Holy Spirit to them, and give them the desire to give their lives to You. Help them to recognize their longing for more in life as a spiritual thirst only You can quench. Open their ears to hear Your voice.”
 

02. BIND THE SPIRIT THAT BLINDS THEIR MINDS
The truth can be right in front of some people, and they still can’t see it because something is in the way, blocking their view of God. We can pray against whatever is in their way so that they can see the light of God. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 NIV
 

PRAYER:
“Father, bind the evil spirits that are blinding the minds of the people around me. In the name of Jesus, I pray that they would be able to see clearly, to recognize who You are, and to give their hearts to You. Remove all hindrances the enemy would use to distract them from Your truth. Open their eyes, Lord, that they might see Jesus.” 

 

03. PRAY THAT THEY MAY HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
God came so that everyone could have a relationship with Him. God wants His sons and daughters to come home to Him. Praying for people to have personal encounters with God makes all the difference.
 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
ROMANS 8:15 NIV
 

PRAYER: 
“Father, I pray that people will understand how much You love them. Loose the Spirit of Adoption for the people around me, so that they come into a meaningful relationship with You. Stir in their hearts a longing to come home, to hear Your voice, and to see You welcoming them with open arms. Let them know You are always running to meet them and hold them close.” 

 

04. PRAY FOR BELIEVERS TO CROSS THEIR PATHS
This step is twofold. We can pray for other Christians to influence the people around them positively, and we can also look for opportunities to influence others positively ourselves. God’s plan to reach people is worked out through those who already know and love Him.
 

"Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field."
MATTHEW 9:38 NIV
 

PRAYER:
“Father, I pray for the lost around me to meet believers who will influence them in a positive way. Lord, let my life shine in such a way that people want to know the God I serve. Allow others to see my genuine love and concern for them in all that I say and do. Let me be Your hands and feet to serve them and let them know just how much You love them.”
 

05. RELEASE THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION ON THEM, SO THEY MAY KNOW GOD BETTER
People need to see their own sin, see what Jesus did on the cross, and see the hope that comes from giving their life to God. We can pray for this kind of spiritual revelation that only comes from God.
 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, so that you may know Him better.
EPHESIANS 1:17 NIV
 

PRAYER:
“Father, I pray for the people around me to experience the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation. I pray that they would truly understand their spiritual condition and see what Jesus did for them on the cross. Help them to have the information and experiences needed to come to You, so they can understand all You have for them.”