I read a story once about an upper-class couple in New York City who got saved in their senior years. They built a small chapel in their home and prayed for friends and family every day for hours. The couple’s deep faith in God, evidenced by their prayers, convicted me.

God is God. He can do the impossible (Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:37). All we have to do is ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7, 1 John 5:4-5). All we have to do is pray. The church must think very little of prayer today. Why else would she neglect it for earthly wealth and fame? A chained, worldly church cannot help or deliver chained, worldly sinners. Only a free and holy church can.

prodigal prayerWho will help Christian parents pray for wayward children, whether they’re gay, alcoholic, or on drugs? Who will help Christian children pray for lost parents, whether they’re atheist or Muslim? Who will pray for the prodigals of this world – rich and poor, famous and nobodies? All these people need God and he wants to save them. But nothing happens without prayer.

The church as a body must come alongside individual Christians and pray for the lost, just like the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). This is our divine task on this earth. Are we doing it? No. People are dying and we’re playing. Satan is dragging sinners to hell and we’re playing.

The church is here for one reason: to declare the salvation of God through Jesus Christ. We do this by witnessing to and praying for lost sinners. If we don’t, who will? The unbelieving world doesn’t care. I’m beginning to think the church today doesn’t care either.


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