Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • River of Love +

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing +

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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SylviaAre you as grieved as God is about the spiritual destination of the lost? According to Barna among twentysomethings, only 6% have beliefs that qualify them as evangelical Christians. This should drive us to our knees for the young generation.

To make it more personal, every person I know has an aching longing about the spiritual condition of someone they love. We have prayed and will continue to pray, but we come to grips with the story of George Mueller, who prayed for the salvation of someone for over 50 years, and the person only came to Christ after Mueller's death. But still, we call out to the Lord for them from a full and burdened heart.

We pray in faith for the salvation of those for whom we are burdened. Effective prayer for the lost impacts God, people, and the kingdom of darkness. We are praying to God, for the benefit of a person, and in opposition to everything that the power of darkness is doing to prevent the person's coming to salvation.

Recognize that Satan has captivated lost people. Pray for their release from the world, the flesh, and the devil. Persist in prayer not because of God's reluctance to save, but because of the resistance of the enemy. 2 Cor 4:3-4, 2 Tim 2:25-26, 1 John 2:15-17

Affirm that God can do the impossible. Mark 10:27, Jer 32:27

Thank God that He desires all to be saved. John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Tim 2:1, 3-4

Thank Him for the authority of the name of Jesus by which salvation has been purchased. Acts 4:12, John 14:6

Thank Him for His power for salvation. 2 Cor 10:3-5, Rom. 1:16

Thank Him for His gift of salvation. Eph 3:8-9, Rom 5:8, 15

Thank Him that He seeks lost ones and draws them to Himself. Luke 19:10, John 6:44

Claim the person by name for the victory of salvation by the blood of Jesus. Col 1:13-14, 1 Cor 15:57, 1 John 3:8

Pray that the lost one will seek to know God as the Holy Spirit works in him or her. Acts 17:27, Deu 4:29, John 16:8-13

Pray that the lost one will confess Christ as Savior and Lord and turn from sin. John 1:12, Acts 17:30-31, 3:19; Rom 10:9-10,13

Pray that the lost one will yield all to follow Jesus and grow in Him. 2 Cor 5:15, Phil 3:7-8, Col 2:6-7

Praise God that His word does not return to Him without accomplishing His purposes. Rom 10:17, Heb 4:12, Isa 55:11

Be sensitive as the Holy Spirit gives direction to pray and persist in praise.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • River of Love

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Wilberforce, Hollywood's Amazing Grace, Charlotte Allen +

    William Wilberforce's relentless campaign eventually led the British Parliament to ban the slave trade, in 1807, and to pass a Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries Read More
  • The True Nature of Grace and Love: a movie review of the Soloist +

    The 2009 movie The Soloist is based on a book by the same name, written by Los Angeles Times columnist Read More
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