by: Wanda Alger, Intercessor for America Field Correspondent
For those who have unsaved loved ones joining in holiday gatherings this year, here are some specific prayers to pray on their behalf.
Knowing that our own testimony and the fruit of our lives are a powerful witness, we also pray to be a clear reflection of Christ’s love and His boundless hope for the future. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).
Lord, help me to be an honorable ambassador of the King to my family and friends by…
…remaining free of any past wound or offense, walking in forgiveness and grace.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:30-32). Also: Proverbs 10:12, 19:11; and John 13:35.
…seeing others as You do through eyes of unconditional love and promise.
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Also: Ephesians 1:18, 4:2-30.
…seasoning my words with grace, truth, and love.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29). Also: Colossians 4:2-6 and 2 Timothy 2:24-26.
…reflecting the power of the kingdom by serving others in humility.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life (Philippian