Today's activity – Read Romans 10:1. Make a list of seven people that you know personally and who are not in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. After you make the list, pray for each of them to come to a personal relationship with Christ.
Perhaps nothing is as revealing about our spiritual priorities as our prayer life. We pray for what we believe is important. After your class or small group completes its prayer time this week, examine your group's prayer request list. What is on it? What you see on that list is an indication of your group's spiritual priorities.
If your prayer list is like most class prayer requests, there will be needs for health and healing, travel safety, concern for a child or grandchild. But very rarely do I find a Bible study group that is intentional about praying for unsaved people! This is one of the reasons why baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention are at the same levels they were in 1950 – when we had half as many Baptists and half as many Americans. For all of our talk about evangelism, we have done a rather poor job when it comes to praying for our lost friends and neighbors by name.
A girls high school class in a small Oklahoma town decided to take praying for the lost seriously. Their class formed an evangelistic prayer list with the names of their school classmates on it. Within one week, two high school boys on their list made professions of faith in Christ, were baptized and became active in the youth group.
We must believe that our God is able, and that His arm is not so short that he can not save.
Pray for your seven lost friends every day for the rest of this month.
For a pastor's companion to this blog, check out Brett Selby's 31 Days to a Better Church at http://brettselby.com.