“And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer” —1 Kings 9:3
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end,
that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” —Luke 18:1
After all, what does it say about us if we cannot pray about the souls of others? What does it say about us if we do not pray about evangelism? Perhaps, if we do not pray, it may be because we lack faith, or our faith is weak. Maybe we simply are not interested in God, or are just too busy with other things? In 1 Samuel, when the people wanted a king , we read these words—
And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
As for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you —1 Samuel 12:19, 23
We may never have thought it being sin if we fail to pray for others. Yet, that is what Samuel is saying here. We should pray about saving souls. We further read in Scripture on praying to save souls. Indeed, there are a number of examples and commands. One such example is Romans 10:1. Here, we read about praying for the salvation of souls eternally —
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
Some of Paul’s countrymen became Christians, some did not, but he did not cease to pray for them.
So, we should continue to pray about personal evangelism this week, and the weeks to follow. May God bless each of us in our efforts to spread His word.
Based on comments made before the congregation, September 27, 2015.
Church of Christ, Valley Congregation (Phoenix, AZ).
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