We all have family members and friends who are not saved. While it is our calling to minister to them by giving them the Good News and living by the Word of GOD so that we may not appear as hypocrites, our most powerful weapon is to pray. Every Christian should have prayer as a daily part of their lives, but I have found that many of us lack the Scriptures to back up those prayers. When it comes to fighting for our loved ones, it is vital that we speak the Words of GOD.
There is power in the Word of GOD. Two Scriptures immediately come to mind when I think of this power: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD.”(John 1:1). John tells us here that the Word is Jesus. “For the word of GOD is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb 4:12).
The Word of GOD is a weapon, Family, and a weapon that we must use against the forces of darkness. If you want your prayer to be powerful and meaningful, you must use the Word of GOD. You need to understand that even the devil knows the Word of GOD very well, and he knows that as long as a Christian cannot understand the power in speaking GOD’S Word over their lives and the lives of their loved ones, then they will not be able to walk in the full power of the Holy Spirit. How do we expect Him to communicate with us when we do not learn His Word? Hosea 4:6 tells us that GOD’S people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge!
When I pray for my loved ones, there are specific Scriptures that I use. I basically am giving GOD His Words back to Him, telling Him that because He said it, then it must come to pass. This is my guarantee that He has heard my prayers and will answer my petitions! I can rest in the knowledge that GOD’S Word will not let me down because its Creator is Never-Changing, Faithful and Loving.
These following Scriptures are perfect to use when coming before the Father with your petitions concerning your loved ones:
“The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
GOD wants people to turn to Him, that is why He has not returned yet. He is giving the lost souls a chance to be saved. He wants your loved ones to be saved.
“…Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4
Father wants ALL men to be saved- there is no favoritism. However, He has given us free will, so He will not force Himself on us, rather He wants us to accept Him and learn the truth.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we ask for.” 1 John 5:14-15
How wonderful is this? If we ask according to His will, He will hear us and He will grant us our petitions! And His will is that all men would be saved!
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
GOD’S Word is not just another storybook, it is powerful and living. It renders the powers of darkness useless, it gives us the power to walk in faith because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD (Romans 10:17). When we begin to walk in the truth of GOD’S Word, we will see changes in our lives. Now do not expect everything to be just peachy, because that would be setting yourself up for disaster. The devil will attack you in any way that he can. He will try to make you doubt GOD, doubt your faith, doubt your calling, turn loved ones against you, cause people to hate you, attack your self-esteem- he can do all this and more, but you need to keep standing on the Rock, Christ Jesus. Put on the armor of GOD given to us in Ephesians 6- ask for it in Jesus name,
“Therefore take up the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13). After you have done all that you can do, you must stand.
Do not expect the devil to take your prayers and petitions lightly. He wants you to fail, but Jesus said that we have the victory! We need only stand. When persecution comes, you stand. When people ridicule you and call you all sorts of names, making accusations against you, you stand. When people reject you and seek to end your life, you stand. Nothing can separate us from the love of GOD- He will always be with us. And just as there are bad times, there are also good times, but we praise Him during both times. Always keep your eyes on Jesus, He will see you through.