If you have looked at the tabs on this blog you will see one labeled, “Faithful in Prayer” (If you use your phone, you gotta switch to the “web version” to see the tabs). The tab got it’s name from the theme verse of the blog, where Paul tells the Romans to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”
So, if you click that tab you will see that I use a shopping list pad of paper to write down names of people I am praying for. I created two columns; people who need physical healing are on the left, people I know who have outright rejected Jesus, are on the right. Surprisingly, at this time, my column on the right is longer!
When I pray for those people, I often feel like the naggy lady Jesus describes going to the judge repeatedly (Luke 18:1-8). I feel a little less naggy when I use God’s own words in my prayers. Today, I read, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ( Luke 16:31)😨
That verse is frightening, but it’s a good one to use when I pray for my friends!
“Lord, please, open their minds to reading scripture! Have them listen to Moses and the Prophets! Prompt them to open that dusty book on their shelf. Let them truly listen to your word.”
“Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
I’m going to keep praying for these friends… ‘cause I love them, and I don’t not want them to end up like Lazarus and his brothers!