Everyone who is a faithful and obedient believer in and follower of Adon Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, the Master, has someone to pray for – probably several someones. We all know those with some sort of a need, be it health, financial, family, or any number of needs. But there is an even more important and specific thing to pray regarding others – the need for the lost to come to the Messiah, making Him Lord and Master of their life.
From my Scripture studies, I want to share some thoughts I’ve put together regarding a few things that the Word says about praying for those around us.
The fact of the matter is that everyone needs Yeshua. He is the Way, the Truth, the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). (Emphases mine).
In John 12:32, Yeshua declared that, “And as I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” Earlier, in John 6:44, He said, “No one can come to me unless the Father — the One who sent me — draws him. And I will raise him up on the Last Day.” The Greek word for “draw” is hel-koo’-o, the definition is, “to drag (literally or figuratively), to haul.” Zodhiates, in “The Complete Word Study,” says of hel-koo’-o that the notion of force may simply be implied; it is “used of Jesus on the cross drawing men unto Himself by His love, not by force.”
So in interceding for others to come to Yeshua, my thoughts are that we should, first of all, base our prayers upon Yeshua’s model prayer from Mattityahu 6:9-13.
- Praise your Father in Heaven; keep His Name holy. From the JFB Commentary: Hallowed be— that is, “Be held in reverence;” regarded and treated as holy. Thy name— God’s name means “Himself as revealed and manifested.” Everywhere in Scripture God defines and marks off the faith and love and reverence and obedience He will have from men by the disclosures which He makes to them of what He is; both to shut out false conceptions of Him, and to make all their devotion take the shape and hue of His own teaching. Too much attention cannot be paid to this. Following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, Moshe spoke this to Aharon, It is what the LORD spoke, saying, “By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored” (Vayikra/Leviticus 10:3).
- Ask for His will to be done for what you are praying for in the here and now, just as the answer has been released from His throne.
- Ask for His daily provision, and thank Him for such.
- Repent and ask forgiveness; we’re all human, we fail. He loves us, and we get back up and get on with life. And be sure to forgive anyone who has offended or hurt you. Remaining offended is not becoming of a believer.
- Ask for His protection over you and your loved ones, and others that you pray for.
- And even though the closing sentence is not included in all of the early Greek manuscripts, it is still good to end with praise and gratitude. “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
And ask for everything in the name of Yeshua/Jesus: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). Ask in faith, without doubting.
With all of the above in mind, here are some further verses for your consideration:
- Matthew 11:27 – My Father has handed over everything to me. Indeed, no one fully knows the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. Ask Yeshua to reveal the Father to those you are praying for. In other words, for them to feel the love from Heaven, to understand the role of a true and loving father, whether their earthly father was good or bad. “God is love” (from 1 John 4:8, 16).
- Job 42:10 – And Adonai restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends…. If you need Adonai to restore something to you, pray for others.
- Matthew 17:20 – …Yes! I tell you that if you have trust as tiny as a mustard seed, you will be able to say to this mountain, “Move from here to there!” and it will move; indeed, nothing will be impossible for you! Again, ask in faith, without doubting. Always expect an answer, even if it doesn’t line up with your will. And always ask with a heart of purity.
- Matthew 18:18-20 – Yes! I tell you people that whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. To repeat, I tell you that if two of you here on earth agree about anything people ask, it will be for them from my Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are assembled in my name, I am there with them. Pray with others when possible.
- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 – And even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world [pride, in my estimation] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so they might not see the light of the Good News of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God.
- 2 Corinthians 3:16 – But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Regarding bullets 5 & 6, see bullet 7 on praying to have a veil removed.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations [logic] and every lofty thing [pride] raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought [deduction] captive to the obedience of Messiah…. Pray down prideful mental strongholds.
One thing to remember is when praying down evil fortresses, or walls, don’t leave a person feeling naked and vulnerable. You can pray Psalm 91 over them. Build up, via prayer, spiritually protective walls around them. On the other hand, don’t become so sympathetic to their struggle than you get in God’s way. Don’t try to force them into anything.
Here’s a quote from Oswald Chambers about interceding for others:
“As we go on in intercession we may find that our obedience to God is going to cost other people more than we thought. The danger then is to begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting to a totally different sphere in answer to our prayers. Whenever we step back from identification with God’s interest in others into sympathy with them, the vital connection with God has gone; we have put our sympathy, our consideration for them, in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God” (My Utmost for His Highest, May 3).
So seek the Father’s will, which is simply to ask the Father to draw them to Yeshua. Pray that Yeshua be lifted up in their eyes, and they be drawn to Him. And then may the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
Pray for the Ruakh HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, to come to them and touch them, letting them know that God is real, that Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) is real, and His love is reaching out to them. Yeshua’s primary message was that the Kingdom of Heaven is near, or at hand. The Kingdom that is at hand is made up of true believers; when they’re ready, ask the one you’ve prayed for to join that community by confessing their sin to Him, repenting, and being immersed to make a stand for Him.
[Here’s a very informative article on immersion, from First Fruits of Zion: https://torahportions.ffoz.org/portions-library/weekly-torah/slaves-no-more.html?fbclid=IwAR0vvv2PueLuHgREiypP0B1H8galL_ENlIjYq4QE1qwq07zGX_WzxITzMOA]
And then remind them (and yourself) to continue to seek Him daily, living a life of rejection of sin, and seeking His righteousness. You may want to visit with them and strengthen them in the fact that their life may face new difficulties, but He is always present for them for strength and comfort.
Now in saying all this, I’m not claiming to be any kind of an expert. Just one of all of us who desire to do more, to see more come into the Kingdom. If what I have written can help you or me, then Hallelu Yah! Positive feedback and responses are welcome.