Many of you have taken up the 5×5×5 challenge. You have committed yourself to pray for 5 people for 5 minutes for 5 weeks, leading right up to Easter morning. Our hope is that each person we are praying for will join us at church for our resurrection celebration and that they would cross the line of faith sometime before the close of 2014.
But how do you pray for someone you love to cross the line of faith? Last week I shared prayer idea #1: Pray they would be convicted by the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). Let me now suggest another way to pray for your unsaved loved ones.
PRAYER IDEA #2
Pray that they would be unblinded. Paul explained the challenge we have in sharing the good news with those who do not yet know God:
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
We know from the Scriptures that Satan seeks to kill and destroy. He always opposes the work of God. He deceives and confuses unbelievers that they might remain disconnected from God. It takes supernatural enlightenment before anyone can cross the line of faith.
I was first exposed to this truth when I was a senior in high school. I was sharing the gospel with a very good friend of mine – someone I had gone to school with since kindergarten! In as simple and concise terms as possible I lovingly and prayerfully explained to him the basic gospel message: that our sin has separated us from God, that Jesus paid for our sin by dying on the cross, and that he rose again from the dead to give us new life. It is a gift from God that we receive by faith. My friend was no dummy, he had good grades and was above average intelligence yet you would’ve thought that I had been speaking Martian to him. He could not begin to grasp the concepts of grace, mercy and faith. He could not even repeat back to me verbatim what I had said – truly it was as if I were speaking an unknown foreign language. I was completely mystified at the time but in retrospect I realize that he was spiritually blinded.
This week as you pray for your 5, pray that God would enlighten their hearts and minds and not allow them to be blinded anymore by Satan. We must stand in the gap and engage in spiritual warfare for those we love; only then will the spiritual darkness be lifted and allow them the opportunity to make a decision for Christ. Remain faithful in your prayers – they will make a difference!