Some time ago a friend of mine asked me, “If we have free will, what good does it do to pray for people who consciously refuse to receive Jesus as Lord? Can they be saved against their will?”
One of the primary keys to understanding how to pray effectively for the lost can be found 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. Here the Apostle Paul says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Most unbelievers who have purposely refused to receive Jesus as Lord think they have made that decision of their own free will. But according to the Bible, that’s not so. Unbelievers are being blinded by Satan. He is blocking their perception of the truth. Thus, their decision hasn’t been freely made at all.
That’s an important point for us to grasp. Because even though there is no prayer you can pray that will change the will of another human being, through the prayer of intersession you can interfere with the satanic forces that are influencing that person.
You can also change circumstances with your prayers and help create situations that would bring your friend or family member in contact with the Lord. You are well within your spiritual rights when you do that. In fact, Jesus Himself instructed us in Luke 10:2 “And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Ask the Lord to send His messengers, Word believing, Spirit filled people across the paths of your lost friends and family. I have prayed that prayer with friends who had prayed for their friends or family members, to no avail. In almost no time I would receive reports of their loved ones coming to Christ.
Don’t sit by and let the devil take your friends and family without a fight! Pray. Pray. Pray. For in every circumstance and in every life, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16)