I have stopped praying for non-Christians. That’s a little bit overstated, but not much. I stopped praying for them because I love them. I stopped praying for them because it is too easy and unproductive. I stopped praying for them because I think there is a more effective way to love them through my prayers. I sound like a heretic to many of my readers. But I have hinted at my biblical reasons for what I am advocating in other posts. Here’s my thinking.
- There are no commands in the New Testament to pray for the salvation of unbelievers. (Go look. Zero.)
- There are numerous commands and prayers for boldness in the New Testament ( For example, see: Acts 4:29; Eph. 6:20; Col. 4:3-4; 2 Cor. 2:12)
- The consistent example of the New Testament is of bold gospel proclamation as a result of being filled with the Spirit. (For examples, see: Acts 4:13, 31; 18:26; 26:26; 28:31; 2 Cor. 3:12; Phil 1:14; 1 Thess. 2:2)
Therefore, I have concluded it is wiser to pray for:
- Saints to be empowered by the Spirit
- Saints to be bold to proclaim
- Saints to have open doors and eyes to see them, to proclaim the gospel.