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Author Topic: How to pray for unbelievers
Pam S.
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Post How to pray for unbelievers
on: January 12, 2013, 19:14
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In addition to praying for their salvation, how else does Scripture say we can pray for our unbelieving family members and friends? I would love to be able to pray for so many of their needs, but because they do not possess the Holy Spirit, it seems this would greatly limit how I can pray.

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Post Re: How to pray for unbelievers
on: January 13, 2013, 13:20
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Hi Pam S.
Don't limit your prayers because a loved one is unsaved. Pray right into that person's life and trust God to do great things. Pray for the things for which the Bible commands prayer. We are told to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44); for God to send missionaries (Luke 10:2); that we do not enter temptation (Matthew 26:41); for ministers of the Word (Colossians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:1); for government authorities (1 Timothy 2:1-3); for relief from affliction (James 5:13); and for the healing of fellow believers (James 5:16). Where God commands prayer, we can pray with confidence that we are praying according to His will.
Blessings, Derek

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Post Re: How to pray for unbelievers
on: January 13, 2013, 21:08
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Hi Pam S,

You raise a really good question.

I do believe we can ask God to show His kindness to unbelievers -- by asking for their healing, employment, financial provision -- that sort of thing. I'm reminded of how God healed the commander of Syria's army of leprosy (2 Kings 5) and the lame beggar (Acts 3).

Of course, it's infinitely more important that they come to faith, and that is the main focus of our prayers. But he can bring unbelievers to faith by showing them his kindness (Acts 14:17).

Onward!

Steve Fuller

Pam S.
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Post Re: How to pray for unbelievers
on: January 14, 2013, 09:44
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Thanks for your response, Steve, and the examples from Scripture. My specific concerns for loved ones regard things like: money management (wisdom), sexual purity (self-control), integrity, relationship issues (forgiveness, love, etc.). These qualities cannot come about apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. So it seems like God would respond to prayers for these things only in the lives of believers. Am I missing something? Thank you!

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