What to Pray for Not-Yet-Followers of Jesus
by Mike Windley on June 16th, 2015

Over the years one of my habits has been to attempt to save sermon notes, handouts, stories, etc. that have made an impact on my walk with Christ. When it came to sharing the good news of Jesus with others, two early lessons stand out. One, identify three people God has placed in your life who are not-yet-followers of Jesus, and pray for them everyday. On the heels of that came this question for me, "How best do I pray for them?" I'm not sure when and where I got this prayer guide, but it came to me in my high school or college years and I've dragged it around with me in my Bible ever since. We printed copies and shared it at The Bridge a couple of weeks ago and I share it with you again here. So let us pray!


1. That God draws them to Himself
Jn. 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him...”

2. That they seek to know God
Acts 17:27 “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and
find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

Dt. 4:29 “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

3. That they believe the Scriptures
1 Thess. 2:13 “And we also thank God continually because when you receive the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God...”

Rom. 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

4. That Satan is bound from blinding them to the Truth
Mt. 13:19 “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.”

2 Cor. 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

5. That the Holy Spirit works in them
Jn. 16:8-13 “When (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment...He will guide you into all truth...”

6. That they believe in Christ as Savior
Jn. 1:12 “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”

Jn. 5:24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; He has crossed over from death to life.”
7. That they turn from sin

Acts 17:30, 31 “... (God) commands all people everywhere to repent.”

Acts 3:19 “Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
8. That God send someone to lead them to Christ
Matt. 9:37, 38 “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

9. That they confess Christ as Lord
Rom. 10:9, 10 “...if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

10. That they yield all to follow Christ
2 Cor. 5:15 “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”

Phil. 3:7, 8 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ...”

11. That they take root and grow in Christ
Col. 2:6, 7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

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