Grace-Based Prayer: How to Pray for the Lost

by Taffi Dollar | 2 Mar 2020


When we pray, it is important to pray for everyone, not just the individuals we know or those who attend church. We can easily forget about the lost souls who do not know God and the lost souls who have backslidden. However, grace-based prayer requires that we sow the Word of God to everyone. As believers, our Christian life can exert a powerful influence on others and lead them to God. We have the life-giving Word of God, and it is our responsibility to share it with others. We can rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us and help us to be the salt of the earth and the light in a dark world.

  1. God is love, and His Word is powerful.
    1. For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life (John 3:16, AMPC).
      1. God is so much in love with the world that He did not hold anything back. He gave us His only Son to bring us life.
      2. Belief, trust, and a willingness to rely on Him are crucial in reaching others.
      3. God does not want anyone to die.
    2. The sower sows the Word. The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them. And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit—some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much (Mark 4:14-20, AMPC).
      1. We are the sowers, and the Word of God is the seed. All we have to change others’ lives is the Word.
      2. We can use opportunities that present themselves to spread the Word.
      3. The Word only takes root if the heart is fertile and open to the Truth, in much the same way the sower throws seeds on fertile soil.
      4. We know the seeds have fallen on fertile ground when they bring forth fruit.
  1. When we do our part through our acts of faith, God will take care of the results.
    1. The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, AMPC).
      1. God does not sleep or forget any of His promises. He wants all to be saved and none to be lost.
      2. He is patient with us and extends His grace to all.
    2. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).
    3. When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:36, 37, AMPC).
      1. When Jesus was preaching to the people, He saw the great need for the truth. Likewise, the need for the Word is great in today’s world, but there are few people to sow the seed.
      2. We must be willing to share our testimony with others about how Jesus changed our lives.
      3. We do not need to point fingers of condemnation, but rather accept others in love.
      4. We can allow God to work through us.
    4. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:26).
      1. The Holy Spirit will teach and guide us when we minister to others.
      2. We are to offer ourselves as vessels to the Holy Spirit.

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Scripture References

John 3:16, AMPC

Mark 4:14-20, AMPC

2 Peter 3:9, AMPC

Matthew 9:38

Matthew 9:36, 37, AMPC

John 14:26