PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHER AND SISTER TO BE SAVED
As we pray, we must always be mindful of our need to pray for those who are not yet saved. We must be willing to recognize that somebody prayed for us; for, we have not always been saved. Consequently, our prayers should be for others. When I think of the need to pray for others, I’m reminded of times when we find a precious gift and want to share it with someone. There is no greater gift than the gift of salvation. It is the greatest gift we can receive and, therefore, one we want to extend it to others. There is a marvelous passage of scripture in Romans 10:1 that speaks about Paul’s desire for others to be saved. The verse reads in this manner:
“Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved.”
Paul is well aware of the direction in which the nation is going. He is concerned that religious leaders have somehow turned away from their commitment to God. He goes on to say, “My heart’s desire for the people of Israel is that they might be saved.” His love for them is so deep that his prayer flows from the depths of his heart. He is not resentful or mean spirited. Instead, he has a heart of love and wants badly for them to move out of their comfort zone and to turn towards God so they might be saved. Paul gives them an alternative far beyond the law, recognizing that Christ supersedes the law. They have found themselves gripped by legalism, yet Paul understands clearly that the law can’t save them -only God can. I wish we could understand that. We can have many laws in place, but that will not bring about salvation. Let us continue to pray for all of our brothers and sisters to be saved. Salvation brings a wonderful change into the lives of people. Thanks, be unto God for He changed me one day. If He can change me, He can change others.
Romans 10:1 (NLT)