5 Strong Prayers For The Lost

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Have you ever been really lost when driving through unfamiliar territory?  That feeling of anxiety that hits you in your gut is telling you that something is seriously wrong.  Your natural reaction is to get back on the right track ASAP.  This is how we all should feel about those we know that are spiritually lost too.  They are on the wrong path that leads to eternal torment and suffering.  Jesus describes these paths in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”    This is serious!  We can’t allow one day to slip by without praying for those that are lost.  We aren’t promised tomorrow and prayer is very powerful.  Let us all agree together that praying for the lost is something that we should be doing daily.

Here are 5 prayers that you can pray for anyone who is lost spiritually.

My Friend Is Your Enemy

O Lord,

I love my friend, Joe.  He has a heart of compassion for others.  He helps those in need.  He just doesn’t see You as important and it’s breaking my heart.  Father, please draw Joe to You.  You have the power to create and destroy and that is why I am torn.  Joe is my friend and he is Your enemy right now.  Bring Joe wherever You must to make him look up to You.  Father, if he must hit rock-bottom, please allow him to.  It is better to have momentary sadness and anguish here then to have eternal sadness and anguish in hell.  I lift Joe up to You today.  Lord, hear my prayer!  I love You!  Amen

Prayers For the LostMy Family Is Not Yours

Almighty God,

My own brother is living a lie.  He goes to church, but that’s about it.  He isn’t reading his Bible.  He doesn’t talk about You with anyone.  He doesn’t grasp the fact that You want a real relationship with him.  Father, I know where his heart is by the things he says and does, and the places that he goes.  I don’t want him to miss out on the amazingness of Heaven.  Father, please show him You are real.  He thinks going to church is enough, but that is the farthest thing from the truth.  Being in a church building doesn’t make him a Christian any more than being in a garage makes him a car.  Father, he needs to understand this!  Bring him to his knees, Lord.  If it be Your will, give me time with my brother where we can talk about You and the reality of eternity.  Lord, I love my brother and I know you do too.  I lift him up to you this day.  I love You, Father!  Amen

Fellow Co-Workers


The rampant, disregard for Your glorious Name is profaned every single day in every single room of my workplace.  Father, it drives me nuts to hear them use Your Name as a curse word.  They don’t understand how lost they really are and that is why I pray for them today.  Father, many of these men and women have their own children and they would do anything to protect them.  Father, open their eyes to see that You feel the same way.  Everything is finished.  We are guaranteed Heaven by believing in the atoning blood of Your, Son.  Thank You for Jesus, Father!  Thank You for Jesus!  I lift up my fellow co-workers to You today, Lord.  Use me as You see fit in showing them love and compassion.  May they see You in my actions this day.  I love You!  Amen

Strength For Today


I come to You to lift up those that are lost.  Father, give them strength to make it through today and all of the struggles they encounter.  Father, I am willing to be Your vessel.  Use me to shine the light of Jesus into the eyes of the lost this day.  May they feel You moving as they encounter the trials of this day.  I love You, Lord!  Amen

Those At Rock-Bottom

Father in Heaven,

You are worthy of all praise and glory and I exalt You this day!  Father, You have placed Angela on my heart because she is at rock-bottom right now.  Lord, I can feel You drawing her to You by using me as a vessel.  Lord, she comes to me daily with concerns about life and she is at the point of desperation that You can do a miracle!  Father, I pray that today she will wait no longer!  Father bring her to her knees today!  May she cry out to You for deliverance and guidance!  May she cry out to You for salvation through Jesus!  Father, I want to be there when she looks to You for the first time.  I will pray with her.  I will cry with her.  I will be silent with her.  I will be a friend to her in one of the most desperate times of her life.  Lord I lift Angela up to You today.  I love You, Father!  Amen


Our world is full of lost and lonely people.  We can’t afford to sit on the side lines as they continue to fall closer to hell.  The lost need salvation through Christ and we have the power of prayer at our disposal!  Let’s become prayer warriors and incessantly pray for those that have not received Jesus.  May God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

Take a look at another interesting article from our archives:

7 Prayers For Friends or Friendship

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DocReits October 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hey Derek,

Thank you so much for such an inspiring message. You state: “Let us all agree together that praying for the lost is something that we should be doing daily”

Amen! How refreshing to hear a believer who “gets” the meaning of “saved” and understands why Jesus said we should pray regarding to the Father, “Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”. It is the Father’s Will that “all should be saved”(1 Tim 2:3,4). Unfortunately, many in the church think salvation means getting a seat at the table now, getting cool stuff, like good health, a good job, a wonderful, happy life, etc.

Then when the doctor says, “cancer”, the boss lays you off and the wife packs up and leaves we get disillusioned (mad) at God because the “cool stuff” that was “supposed” to be the “salvation package” was not delivered. The false conversion becomes exactly that, as we walk away from Christ.

That is precisely why it is so important that we are careful as Christians to present the whole Gospel message. As you so well explained, salvation “means” exactly what it says. We are saved “from” something. We are not saved “to” something. When a person sees their plight (separation from God as a result of breaking His laws…sin… and the hell that awaits as a consequence) then repentance (turning) from sin and a turning to the Savior in faith is the next step in the born again experience. When we make this response we are born again and God takes up residence, by His spirit, within us.

Unfortunately if we do not understand what we are saved “from” we will not see the need to turn from sin and cling to the savior. When we do understand salvation then, when the going gets tough (the lost job, wife, health, etc), we will still hold on to Jesus all the more tightly realizing that we ultimately do get that seat at the Father’s table but more importantly, we avoid separation from God for all eternity in hell. A mere doorman, inside the Kingdom then, is very precious.

Jesus never promised us a “happy” life here on earth. On the contrary He promised us persecution and tribulation (2 Tim 3:12) for “all who will live Godly in Christ Jesus”. Joy follows for the Christian because we know our final destination…but Jesus promised troubles ahead for the believer in this life.

I often think of the testimony and stoning of Stephen (Acts 7: 54-60). His physical life ended not very “happy” for him but he , like Christ (Heb 12:2), saw the joy that lay before him, and endured his own cross to obtain a better reward.

Are we not suffering persecution? For myself, I ask daily, why not?

A brother,



Derek Hill October 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Wow! That was an awesome comment DocReits! AMEN! Thank you so much for your inspiring and encouraging words. You are so right, we are not promised an easy life. In fact we must “take up our cross daily”. This isn’t supposed to be easy. Thanks again brother! God bless you!


Michael Kampff October 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Love the post, and DocReits’ comment. All I would add is an emphasis on action.

Yes, Jesus promises us persecution and tribulation, but those things won’t come about because we are praying. They come about because of our actions in the public eye.

As Christians, prayer is our blessed opportunity to commune with Christ, and to align our will with His. However, it’s our actions and behavior that are the fruit of our faith, and Christ works through us, not instead of us, to reach the lost. If we think about it, the enemy would love nothing more than idle Christians whose action is locked in prayer.

Prayer is communion. Become a conduit for His love through submitting your will to His will, and the fruit of that faith will be ACTION.

Peace brothers


Sharon January 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

I’m married with 3 grown children . 2 are married and doing well, the third is 26, a felon with a 2 year old and in a relationship with the mother of his child but they don’t get along. He can’t hold down a job, she is supporting them, with our help, I’m at my wits end for what to do. I pray every day, things just don’t get better!


Renee February 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I’m praying for your son right now, Sharon.


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