Prayer for the Lost
A very helpful guide to praying for the lost is found
in Dutch Sheets book: "Intercessory Prayer" (Chapter 10, Regal Publications).
Dutch teaches that it is pride that resists
revelation from God:
"And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
(2 Cor 4:3-4).
But God has an answer. Scripture teaches that this pride can be
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
(2 Cor 10:3-5).
Let's look at this Scripture from the Living Bible paraphrase:
"It is true that I am an ordinary, weak
human being, but I donít use human plans and methods to win my
battles. I use Godís mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock
down the devilís strongholds. These weapons can break down every proud
argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from
finding Him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back
to God, and change them into men whose heartsí desire is obedience to
From this Scripture the following specific prayer objectives are
God would lift the veil over the lost person (revelation and