PEOPLE: Today let’s focus our prayers on people who don’t know the Lord, especially our family and friends. 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us one reason why sharing our faith can be so difficult: The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. The god of this age means the Evil One and the way of thinking that he inspires.
Spend a few moments asking God to shine his light through this spiritual blindness and, perhaps, to use you to show someone the glory of Christ.
And consider this word, from 2 Timothy 2:24-25 - And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
This passage compels us to pray not only for the release of captive hearts, but for our own gentleness as well.
So pray for the “gift of repentance” for those who oppose us, and for the kindness of your own witness, too.