This past Sunday everyone at ACC was given the 5×5×5 challenge – that is to pray for 5 people every day for 5 minutes for the next 5 weeks. We are praying primarily for 2 things: that they would join us for our Easter celebration on April 20 and that they would cross the line of faith by the end of 2014. We have recognized the need for us to have a heartfelt concern for those who do not yet know God – following the example of Paul:
Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. Romans 10:1
But how exactly do you pray for someone to cross the line of faith? What do you ask of God? How can your prayers be more focused, have more substance? In the next few weeks on my blog I want to share some ideas on how to pray for people you love who do not yet know God.
PRAYER IDEA #1
Pray that they would be convicted by the Holy Spirit. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 16:8…
“And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and other God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.”
Most of the ministries of the Holy Spirit are geared towards believers – this is the one that is geared towards unbelievers. The word “convict” means to prove wrong or to prove guilty. Before anyone crosses the line of faith they must become convinced that they need salvation, that they need forgiveness, that they need Christ. You and I cannot and must not try to convict others. It’s not our job. We are responsible to pray and to love and to communicate the good news but the conviction is the job of the Holy Spirit.
As you pray for your 5, pray that the Holy Spirit would be sent into their lives to convince them that they are indeed wrong – they do need to trust in Christ!