Targeted Prayer #2

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crosshairsI don’t remember where or when I started using the Romans Road as a matrix for praying for the lost. But it has changed the way I pray.  And the way I see people.  If you have been a Christian or even in church very long you have probably heard of the Romans Road.

Ancient Rome was famous for their engineering genius in developing roadways across the known world. They made travel and commerce easy.

In Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome, he develops a theological road leading a person to be made right with God through the finished work of Christ alone.

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 – but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9-10 – If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 10:13 – For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

While there is much more to salvation theologically than just these six verses, I began to use the Romans Road as a framework for praying for lost friends. It began to serve as a guide much like ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) directed me as I began to pray as a new believer.  My prayers went from “Dear God save my friend Mike” to something much more specific, more intentional, more…biblical!  I prayed that God would awaken my friend to the realities of each of these verses.

Try turning each of these verses into a prayer for a lost friend. Pray the verses back to God on behalf of someone who needs Christ.  Over the next few days I will share with you how I have used these verses to specifically target my friends in prayer.

 

By the power of His Word,

 

Andy