Prayer Series XL
We are once again deviating from our ongoing Reformed Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer and looking at another area in need of daily prayer. That is intercession for the lost.
This Strength for Today devotional was in my inbox this morning and it reminded me that man will truly be without excuse. However, that does not excuse us (true believers) from the duty of praying for all lost souls.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).
God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners.
We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath (Eph. 2:3).
Read more about God’s wrath in Romans 1:18—2:16.
Intercession, or Address and Supplication to God for Others
We pray, as we are taught, for all people, believing that this is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth and of Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:3-4(ESV) who gave himself as a ransom for all. 1 Timothy 2:6(ESV)
O let your way be known on earth, Psalm 67:2(ESV) that barbarous nations may be civilized, and those who live without God in the world may be brought to the service of the living God; Ephesians 2:12(ESV) and thus, let your saving power be known among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; yes, let all the peoples praise you: O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Psalm 67:2-4(ESV)
O let your salvation and your righteousness be revealed in the sight of the nations, and let all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God. Psalm 98:2-3(ESV)
O make the nations your Son’s heritage, and the ends of the earth his possession; Psalm 2:8(ESV) for you have said, “It is too light a thing for him to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel”; but you will make him as a light for the nations. Isaiah 49:6(ESV)
Let all the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ. Revelation 11:15(ESV)