In their case, the god of this age 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. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4–6, CSB
Lord, cause the light of Your glory to shine in the life of _____. I know the clearest reflection of that glory is seen in Jesus Christ. Help _____ see Jesus clearly. For this to happen, I ask for boldness to speak of Jesus and help him/her understand who Jesus is and what He came to do. Bring to my mind Scripture and stories of Jesus that will help me talk about Him in a way that puts Your glory on display. Remove the blinders Satan has created to blind him/her to the beauty of Jesus. Use other people and circumstances to cause _____ to consider the truth of Jesus. I trust that You will cause light to shine into his/her darkness as a result.
Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. ROMANS 6:16–18, CSB
Father, I know what it is like to live enslaved to sin. The inability to stop. The crushing guilt and shame. The longing for something more. It breaks my heart to consider _____ experiences life apart from You. I know all people are enslaved to sin and live in willing defiance to Your good and perfect Word. Help _____ understand that he/she is actually enslaved to sin. Use the pain and consequences of sin to cause _____ to sense a need for something more. Cause him/her to obey from the heart and submit to You as a far greater Master.
A God-fearing woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying.
ACTS 16:14, CSB
God, Lydia’s story gives me hope for the salvation of _____. Give me the boldness of Paul. Make me courageous to share the gospel message with _____ in a way that is clear and compelling. Help me reject the fear that causes me to shy away from speaking the Truth in love. Do for _____ what You did for Lydia. Open his/her heart to believe the gospel. Align the circumstances of life to soften his/her heart to the truth of the gospel, and cause him/her to listen intentionally and respond humbly to Jesus’ offer of salvation.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. MATTHEW 11:28–30, CSB
Lord, this world is filled with burdens. I know _____ experiences the reality of suffering in a broken, sinful world. People look to everything but Jesus to find hope and peace, and I know _____ is no exception. He/she runs to things other than You to relieve the pain of life and achieve some sense of comfort. Father, I know You are the only one who can provide true rest. Cause _____ to recognize the futility of looking to anything in this world for the rest he/she seeks, and let this reality to drive him/her to You in repentance and saving faith.
I will give them integrity of heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, so that they will follow my statutes, keep my ordinances, and practice them. They will be my people, and I will be their God. EZEKIEL 11:19–20, CSB
Father, _____ needs a new heart. You are the only One who can change a heart that is living in rebellion to You and submitting to the slavery of sin.Apart from Your grace, _____ has no hope to know You and follow Your ways. I long for _____to know You as his/her God and to experience the grace You so freely give. In Your rich love, give him/her anew heart, and put a new Spirit in place of his/her heart of stone.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through me.”
JOHN 14:6, CSB
God, I know there is only one way to salvation. Jesus is
clear; He is the only hope for a lost and dying world,
and that includes _____. His/Her salvation
depends on acknowledging Jesus is who He says He is,
and He alone is the source of salvation. Use the people
and circumstances in ’s life today to
point him/her to the reality of Jesus. Give me courage
and boldness to call _____ to faith in Jesus
when the opportunity arises, and help me make it clear
there is no other way to be saved.
Prayer is at the center of every great evangelistic movement, and every movement is made up of everyday people. Over the next 30 days we will post prayers for you to pray for someone you know who needs the hope of the Gospel.