Praying the CROSS
Although I know praying for unsaved friends and family members is important, I find it difficult to pray in a consistent, biblical, and in-depth way. Too often, I pray with a sense of despair and weariness: “Just save them, Lord!”
No doubt, God listens to all our petitions and pleas, even the simplest prayers. Recently, while preparing for a sermon, the Lord gave me an effective and easy-to-remember way to pray for unbelievers. I simply pray the CROSS.
C stands for “Convict and Comfort.” In John 16:7–8, Jesus promises His disciples that the Holy Spirit will come to bring comfort and also conviction of sin. Praying for conviction and comfort of the Spirit is asking God to begin to move the hearts of the unsaved people we’re praying for—to draw them to Him and away from sin.
R stands for “Remove the Blinders.” In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Paul teaches that Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel. Pray with authority and faith for God to remove the blinders from your loved ones so they may see Jesus clearly!
O stands for “Open a Door.” In Colossians 4:3, Paul requests prayer so God will open a door for his message. In the same vein, I ask God to open opportunities for my friends and family to hear the gospel.
S stands for “Soften Their Hearts.” In Ephesians 4:18, we learn that the heart of an unbeliever is hardened. As we pray for the heart to become soft, our friends may become more receptive to the gospel truth.
S stands for “Save Them Completely.” Hebrews 7:25 promises that Jesus is able to completely save all those who come to God through Him. What great news! No one is out of reach to be saved.
Here’s a sample of how to pray the CROSS: “Lord, I bring _______ to the CROSS. I ask that You convict him of sins and comfort him by Your Spirit. Remove the blinders from his eyes, in Jesus’ name! Open a door for him to hear the gospel and soften his heart for the message. Lord, save _______ completely!”
PIERRE EADE is pastor of outreach at Washington Crossing, PA. His articles on Christian growth can be found at christiangrowthnetwork.com.
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