Every day we encounter and interact with people who don’t have a personal, living relationship with Jesus. Some we get opportunities to talk with and others we don’t.
Every day we either embrace or pass up priceless opportunities to speak and pray truth into others lives.
The Parable of the Sower is told in three of the Gospels: Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-25, and Luke 8:4-18.
Jesus specifically described to His followers what happens to seeds of truth when they fall on the soul.
This description can be a prayer guide to us in praying for the salvation of those around us.
Read the imagery of the soils in the Message version of Mark 4, paying attention to the bolded key phrases.
“The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.
“And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
“The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.
“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.” – Mk. 4:14-20 (MSG)
As we go throughout our day, this can be our prayer for those we know who don’t have a personal, living relationship with Jesus and also for those who we don’t know of their spiritual destiny.
Father, I pray that their heart:
- would not be hard that your Truth would be snatched
- would not be shallow that your Truth would be swept away by difficulty
- your Truth would not be crowded out by what they have to do and what they want to get
- but, their heart would be a heart of flesh (Ez 36:26) that they would hear, embrace your Truth and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.
I end my prayer with the powerful truth of Colossians 1:13-14:
Father, I pray that You would rescue them from the dominion of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Whether Father has assigned you the task of planting or watering (1 Cor 3:5-7), it always is your privilege to seize the opportunity to pray for the souls of others who have yet to be rescued from the dominion of darkness.
So next time you’re:
- Walking behind someone on the sidewalk or at the mall
- Watching the news about a tragedy that just took place
- Visiting a family member at the hospital
- Working out beside someone at your fitness club
- Attending a wedding or funeral
- Talking with a friend who doesn’t know Jesus
- Sitting at your office, surrounded by your co-workers
Pray the above prayer, and be a part of Jesus turning hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Ez 36:26). Join Father in His exhilarating rescue mission of rescuing those who do not know Him from the dominion of darkness and bringing them into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13-14).