How important is the salvation of your family members to you?
The moment I got to know God for myself and was genuinely saved, I found myself praying for my entire family and friends. I wanted my parents to be genuinely saved even though Dad is a pastor, I still prayed for my father to be truly saved and I told God, I wanted to see my father in Heaven. I prayed for my sisters as well as my mum. I prayed for my friends too. To the extent that sometimes I forget to pray for myself.
When I got married, my husband joined the list. When I got pregnant, my unborn babies joined the list. As a wife and mom, I am unconsciously consistently praying that my children, my husband, my extended family and friends know the Lord genuinely, obey Him and give Him complete control of their lives. Also, myself.
I’m sure, some of you are nodding your head as you read this. But let me tell you that even when they come to know the Lord, accept Him into their hearts, we should never stop praying because complete salvation is on the Day Jesus comes to take us to Himself.
For Esther, even though she got the King to spare her people, her people still had to fight for their complete salvation from the decree of destruction that was already written. Thank God many of us don’t have to fight physically, but sure we still do have to “fight” in a way.
Important: Every place you see _______, please insert the name of each member of your family. Don’t say us, mention each name.
John 3:16-17 AMP For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.
Dear God, I want to thank you for loving me, _______ and _____. I admit that even though we love each other so much, we cannot die for one another; but Jesus died for us and now we all can be saved from the consequences of our sins. Lord I pray that _______ and I will always remember that you didn’t come to judge us but save us. Help _______ and I to continually believe in you, love you and never allow ourselves to be overcome by self-condemnation, but complete reliance on the blood of Jesus that has washed away all our sins. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Romans 6:23 AMP For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 1:9 AMP If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].
Dear God, thank you for your overwhelming gift of grace to _______ and I. Lord help us not to ignore or overlook any sin in our lives. Help _______ and I to always see the need to confess every sin and repent of them. Help us to see how faithful you are in forgiving our sin and your desire for us to enjoy your free gift of eternal life in Jesus Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].
Dear Jesus, it is so beautiful to know that when _______ and I believe in you, accepting you as our personal Lord and Saviour, you make us NEW. I pray for me, _______ and all future members of my family that we will let go of our old ways and embrace this new life you are giving us. And when the “old man” come knocking, help us never to open the door to him in Jesus Name. Amen.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 NLT And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.
Dear God, please give _______ and I an undivided heart. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and help us surrender to His leading and guidance. Give _______ and I a heart that will always obey your degrees and regulations. Lord make _______ and I truly your people and help us to always know you are our God in Jesus Name. Amen.
Acts 4:12 AMP And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation].
Dear Lord, as _______ and I go on in this beautiful life that you have given us, I pray that we never look to other things or people as an alternative for our salvation. You know us best and you have given us the name of Jesus as the ONLY name by which we must be saved. Help _______ and I to always remember this and call upon you for our salvation in Jesus Name. Amen
Finally, like a military personnel assigned with ensuring a missile hits a target, I want you to send a lock-on missile of salvation to every single member of your family such that no matter where they are or go to, they cannot escape been hit with the power of God’s salvation. (Take time to say this prayer for each member of your family.)
Lord Jesus, I lock-on _______ as the target of the missile of your salvation. How, where and when _______ gets hit, you have total control over. In this life, _______ cannot escape it Lord. Let it hit _______ and let _______ have a Paul-like encounter in Jesus Mighty Name I pray. Amen.
As you go about today, be thankful to Jesus for the salvation of the souls of you and your family members.
See you tomorrow as we pray again for our family.