Okay, we all know ones–possibly family members and loved ones–who have turned their backs on Jesus and all He stands for. We know ones who haven’t yet come to know the love God has for us. How much He wants a relationship with us. They are living as victims of this world and they don’t even know it. However, we do and there is something we can do about it. We can change their lives from victims to victors in Christ.
At this time, I’m doing a study by Beth Moore. Many of you will recognize the name. She is the author of many Bible studies. In today’s lesson, she asked us to use Ephesians 1:18-19 and Ephesians 5: 8-15 and pray for them until you see them in relationship with God again. We know this world is assaulting us from every side and claiming more and more victims every day. Well, here’s a way we can help Christ claim victory every day and turn ones from victims to victors. Therefore, I’m asking each of you to arrive at your list of loved ones who are not walking with Christ and pray the following prayer for them until you see evidence of Christ in their life. Then, scratch that name off and add another name God gives you. It is time for us, the believers, to quit sitting on our hands, to quit moaning about how terrible this world is becoming and do something about it. So here’s a prayer you can use or go to the above-mentioned Scriptures and write your own:
Lord, I pray the eyes of this (these) person(s) hearts may be enlightened in order they may know the hope to which You have called him/her/them. Father, I pray he/she/they come to know the riches of his/hers/their glorious inheritance as one of your saints and as a believer the power they have as Your child. Precious Jesus, he/she/they are living in darkness, but now let him/her/them be light in You. Let him/her/them live as children of light and discover what pleases You, Father. Help he/she/them have nothing more to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them to Your light. It is Your light that brings healaing, precious Jesus. Show he/she/them how to live not as unwise but as wise children of God. “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Print out this prayer and tape it where you will see it often, pray it, and watch God’s power be unleashed. Nothing is impossible for our God.