A Prayer for Salvation
By Emma Danzey
2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
I love how this verse in Scripture reminds us of the great love that God has for people. This is not because we deserve it or are so appealing to Him, in fact, we are the opposite. We are sinful and unworthy. We have rejected Him and turned our own ways. However, in His great love, Jesus died for us.
After having accepted His sacrifice for our sins, we so want that for other people in our lives who have not made that decision yet. It can be easy to forget to pray for them or neglect to continue sharing with others, but God tells us that He is not being slow. He is being gracious to keep the door open to eternal life in Jesus. He does not want anyone to perish but for all to come to Him in repentance. Jesus is for people coming to Him. He desires them to say yes to His sacrifice. As we pray, may we not give up that God’s Spirit is still working in the lives of those around us.
Our Savior Jesus,
We worship You and thank You for your gift of eternal life that You gave to use by your blood, death, and resurrection. We praise You that You are the Way, and we have security and hope in You forever. You have given us a new heart and a new life. We are reborn into Your family and always Yours. Thank You for dying on the cross for our sins and raising Yourself back to life again, defeating our sin and eternal separation from God. Jesus, be magnified in our lives, help us to display Your gospel and tell of your gospel to fulfill Your great commission.
We pray over those in our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who do not know you. For those who have rejected you, soften their hearts. For those who have never heard of you, give us and others boldness to share. For those who have relied on religion and church to save them, open their eyes to the true Savior, Jesus. Give us insight into how we can pray for their eternal life with You. Help us to reach out and press into the opportunities around us every day. Bless the conversations and the ways that we love them. Jesus, show them that You are the answer to their biggest questions in life and struggle. Free them as You have freed us. Use us as Your mouthpieces to share the gospel.
We pray over strangers whom we may encounter in various places. Help us to see them as people made in Your image who deserve to be pursued. Lead us with Your Holy Spirit to share Your love and hope with them. We pray for spiritual eyes to see each day how You are working. Give us words to say that will speak to them in their unique situations. Help us to have boldness and courage to tell confidently.
We pray over those who have never heard about Jesus around the world. We pray for those who are missionaries and have responded to Your call. Give them the courage and peace to proclaim this message of hope for eternity. Please reach the unreached people groups. Reveal Your love to the smallest villages. Use dreams and amazing miracles to speak to people who have not had the opportunity to hear about Jesus otherwise. Give them the truth that will set them free.
John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” God, You make it very clear that the only way to be reunited with You is through Jesus’ sacrifice. You tell us that all we have to do is to place our faith and believe in Jesus and we will be saved. We have nothing to bring to the table. Remove any confusion or twisted versions of the gospel from those who do not claim You as Savior. Remove the scales from their eyes so that they can see You are the Way. Amen.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew and mom to Graham. Emma serves alongside her husband in ministry, she focuses most of her time in the home, but loves to provide articles on the Bible, life questions, and Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 on Crosswalk in 2021. Most recently, Emma released Treasures for Tots, (Scripture memory songs) for young children. During her ministry career, Emma has released Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness, two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, and ran the Refined Magazine. You can view her articles on her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out her Instagram @Emmadanzey.
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