Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Prayers for non-Christians

Whenever I ask for prayer requests for the lost in a class or a life group, I usually get one response and 20-30 blank looks. Obviously, lost people are not on our hearts most of the time, or we would not struggle so mightily to come up with a name.

However, two Sundays ago, I told our Contagious Christians class that we would be praying for the lost the following Sunday, and asked them to come prepared to pray for people by name. I passed out short forms which listed friends, family members, co-workers, or neighbors that we could pray for. I am glad to say that our class really responded. I don't know if it is because people are given time to come up with people, or it is the written format--probably a combination of both--but this approach seems to work well.

I believe in prayer for the lost. We have seen some amazing progress in the faith journey in some of those close in our lives who are non-Christians. This can only be God at work.

Do you find or it easy or difficult to pray for the lost? Why?


Chelf said...

I think sometimes it is more that we are in our "church bubble" and we don't think about the people we know outside of that.

We forget that our co-workers, family or people we meet in the street could be lost.

Maybe we have worked toward encouraging the lost, and have hit brick walls, and have already shaken the dust from our feet.