11 Prayers for Your Friends to Know Christ

“Evangelism without intercession is like an explosive without a detonator; intercession without evangelism is like a detonator without an explosive.” – Reinhart Bonnke

If you have friends and family whom you’d like to accept Christ as their Savior, you can add power to your witness by praying Scripture over them.

Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s word is more powerful and more sharp than a double-edged sword. By praying Scripture, you’re releasing the truth God has already spoken. And there’s no doubt God wants the people you pray for to come to know him personally (1 Timothy 2:4), and that his Word will not return to him void (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Ready to get started? Each of the 11 prayers below ask God to move in the life of the person you’re praying for in a specific way, and they each closely paraphrase a relevant Scripture passage. Just insert the person’s name in the spaces provided and put your heart into each prayer.

1. God, make ______’s heart receptive to your Word.

Like the seed that falls on good soil, give ______ a noble and good heart, help him hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:11-15)

2. God, open ______'s spiritual eyes.

Break the blindness on ______’s mind caused by the god of this age. Help him see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

3. God, give ______ ears to hear.

Help ______ see with his eyes, hear with his ears, understand with his heart and turn, and you will heal him. (Matthew 13:15)

4. God, give ______ faith to believe.

Help ______ make a radical life-change before God and an equally radical trust in his Master Jesus. (Acts 20:21)

5. God, give ______ the will to respond to you.

Bring ______ to the point he declares with his mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believes in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and he will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

6. God, set ______ free from spiritual captivity.

Help me gently instruct ______ when he is in opposition to you, in the hope that you will grant him repentance leading him to knowledge of the truth, and that he will come to his senses and escape from the trap of the devil. (2 Timothy 2:25-26)

7. God, send people into ______ life to witness to him.

Send more believers into ______’s life who will exemplify Christ and cause him to want to know Christ for himself. (Matthew 9:38)

8. God, help me build a caring relationship with ______.

Help me become whatever kind of Christ-like servant ______ can identify with so that by all possible means he will be saved. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

9. God, bring me opportunities to witness to ______.

Open doors for proclaiming the mystery of Christ to ______, even in our present difficult circumstances. (Colossians 4:3)

10. God, give me boldness to witness to ______.

Enable me to speak your word to ______ with great boldness. (Acts 4:29)

11. God, provide an opportunity to invite ______ to a relationship with you.

You want your house full, so give me opportunity and boldness to invite ______ to come home to you. (Luke 14:23)

Do you have another great evangelistic prayer based on a particular Scripture passage? Please share it below.