I shared some Scriptures with our Wednesday group of women regarding praying for unsaved family and friends. It was so appreciated that I decided to share them with you. With Good Friday and Sunday being Easter/Resurrection Day, it is appropriate to focus on the salvation that only Jesus provides.
Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT) states:
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.”
Hallelujah! Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, paying our sin debt by His sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection. He is alive and victoriously sitting on His throne interceding on our behalf.
Even though He desires that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9), it can be hard to watch our unsaved family and friends live a life apart from Him. We grieve over their need for a personal relationship with Jesus. They may even mock or deny that He exists. To watch them live without the hope of eternal life is heart-breaking. I know that my mother is with Jesus, but I do not know for sure whether my father or brother are with Him. Therefore, I understand this ache very well.
When I reflect on 2020, I see that even believers’ faith and hope were shaken. We did not expect God to allow some things to happen on earth, just as the Book of Habakkuk shares. Realize we do not see what God sees (Deut. 29:29)
Read Mark 9:14-29. If necessary, confess “I believe, help my unbelief” concerning those you desire to be saved. We often find it easy to believe with our minds, but not with our hearts. Romans 8:26 states, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Below are some Scriptures to hold onto and pray over those you are concerned about.
Here is a short example of how to pray back Scripture to God:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
“Dear Lord, please help ______ find that you really are the way, the truth, and the life. Let ____ pray to receive salvation in Jesus…”
Some Scriptures to pray over them:
1 Timothy 2:3-5
2 Pet. 3:9
1 John 5:14
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
If they have gone astray/backsliders:
Hold onto your faith and hope in Jesus. You must believe what you are praying for and trust God for the outcome. He is faithful.