Today’s Parachute Prayer is a sad and sobering one, but this is probably the most important prayer of all! I hope you’re already praying it. I also hope this Parachute will prompt us all to pray it more.
A few weeks ago, I learned that one of my cousins died. I hadn’t seen him since I was in junior high – maybe younger. (I won’t tell you how long ago that was; let’s just say I’m old enough to have three grown children and a grandbaby now.) My cousin wasn’t a Christian so many years ago. I hope he was a Christian when he died.
Like a lot of you probably do, I keep a list of unsaved relatives and friends to pray for and any time God brings them to mind I pray. Because God brings them to mind, I don’t really need the list. It’s in my head and on my heart. But when God prompts me to pray for one, I often take the time to pray for all. I love these people, and I long to see them saved!
Sometimes a Bible verse will prompt me to pray. Other times it’s a memory or one of my other Parachutes. It’s always God’s Spirit at work.
I know it’s God’s Will that no one should perish (2 Peter 3:9), so sometimes I simply pray for all unbelievers everywhere, knowing God knows who they are. But I’m especially concerned for those I know. God gives us connections for a reason. If we all pray specifically for those we personally know, we’ll cover the whole unsaved population in prayer.
Not knowing if my cousin was saved or not at his personal point of no return tempted me to wonder if I’d prayed hard enough or often enough for him. But that thought is Satan trying to discourage me. Ultimately each person makes his or her own choice. Yet I still want to make sure I keep praying for those alive right now who may be facing eternity. Prayer makes a mysterious difference. It may have even made a difference in my cousin’s fate. I don’t yet know that story.
When we see things that remind us of death, let’s pray for our unsaved friends and family. Cemeteries, coffins, and funeral processions may be included on this list. I hope that’s not too morbid for a Parachute. Let’s learn to see these reminders as symbols of hope. Jesus won the ultimate victory over death, making eternal life possible for all. Let’s ask Jesus to draw all our loved ones to accept His victorious gift.
Father, please turn these sobering sights into reminders to pray. Please help all of our loved ones recognize Your invitation to spend eternity with You. Your Son paid the price. Please help them see their need. We thank You, Lord. Amen.
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