A Prayer for Our Family Members, Friends, Co-Workers and Enemies who are Backsliders or Unbelievers
Psalm 104, Hosea 14
Reflections of the Heart:
Jesus said, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Will he not leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:12-14
Heavenly Father, You are great and Your power is absolute. Your understanding is beyond comprehension. We come clapping our hands and shouting joyful praises to You, our God. Most High, You are awesome! You are the great King of all the earth. We meditate on Your unfailing love as we worship in Your temple. Your Name will be praised to the ends of the earth. We honor You, as our Lord and Savior. We thank You, Lord, for Your tender mercies and unfailing love. Thank You for providing a way for sinners to be reconciled back to You. Thank You for enlightening our hearts to say “yes” to You when You called us. Lord, You are very great.
Father, it is Your desire that all men be saved and understand the truth. We confess that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the only gate by which people are saved. We declare that when our unsaved family members, friends and enemies confess with their mouths, the Lord Jesus, and believe in their hearts that You raised Jesus from the dead, they will be saved. Father, we declare that they will know the truth, and the truth will set them free. As a Church Family, we gladly take the great commission and go into the world preaching the Good News to everyone You place in our paths. We confess that we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because we know that it is Your power, God, that is at work saving everyone who believes.
Father, we cry out to You to clear the way so that Your Gospel may be preached in every city, state, country, and continent. Since the harvest is plentiful, please send laborers to proclaim Your Word of salvation to the unsaved. We ask You to save our unsaved family members, friends, co-workers and enemies. Surround them with the counsel of the godly so that they may be washed in the water of Your Word; strip off the old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds, put on their new nature, so that they will be renewed as they learn to know their Creator and become like Him. Holy Spirit, as the Word goes forth, please touch the hearts of the unsaved to receive it. Help us, the body of Christ, to present the Gospel with love, hope and patience. Father, we ask You to remove the scales from their eyes and circumcise the hearts of those who are in a backslidden state. Like the prodigal child, help them to come to themselves and return to You, their first love. Holy Spirit, remind them that nothing can ever separate them from God’s love; not death, life, angels, demons, fears for today or worries about tomorrow, not even the powers of hell can separate them from the Father’s love.
List the people that you know who are unsaved or backslidden. Ask the Holy Spirit for the wisdom to witness to these people. Trust Him to give you the courage to approach them and the words to say to them.
Father, forgive the unsaved and backsliders for not acknowledging You or Your Son. Forgive them for disobedience, hatred, rebellion, murder, idolatry, homosexuality, greed, racism, adultery, fornication, injustice, violence, and rejection of Your Gospel. Please have mercy upon them and extend Your grace toward them. Forgive us as a Church Family for not sharing Jesus and the Gospel with more people. Forgive us for being timid and reserved about sharing the Gospel. Forgive us for not reaching out to those who we know are in a backslidden state. Lord, remind all of us of those persons we need to forgive, and please help us to forgive.
Lead us all not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.
Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, the Lord God Almighty. You are worthy, to receive glory, honor and power. To You, the blessed and only Almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. You alone can never die, and You live in light so brilliant that no human can approach You. To You be all honor and power forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 147:5, I Timothy 2:4, John 10:9, Romans 10:9, John 8:32, Mark 16:15, Romans 1:16, Luke 10:2, Colossians 3:9-10, Acts 9:18, Deuteronomy 10:16, Luke 15:11-32, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 4:8, Revelation 4:11, I Timothy 6:15-16
Today, I will trust God to: