Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. Rom. 10:1-2
The heart’s desire and prayer of every believer who is growing in revelation knowledge of God’s Word should be that much more would come into the light of the glorious gospel. When you have truly seen the light, you can’t afford to be silent. It is either you are praying or preaching!
Paul tells us why those who are lost are still lost. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:3-4). Firstly, The god of this world has blinded their minds. He later told the Ephesian church that these same people have their “… understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” (Eph. 4:18). It takes an enlightened mind to receive and believe the gospel.
Secondly, they have not heard the gospel, hence preachers have to preach to them (Rom. 10:14-15). And every believer has been called to preach the gospel (Matt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15- 18).
When Jesus saw the multitude scattered and distressed, He told His disciples that the harvest was truly plentiful but the workers or labourers were few. Then He asked them to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest field. I like the way the Amplified Bible translated this verse “ So pray to the Lord of the harvest to FORCE OUT and THRUST labourers into His harvest” (Matt. 9:38 Amp.). Prayer dispatches the preacher and gives him boldness to preach the gospel fearlessly and tirelessly (Acts 4:29-31).
We are also encouraged to pray for all men in 1 Tim 2:1-6 “I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
A quiet and peaceful life which is in godliness and honesty is one lived to pray for all men including kings and all who are in authority. This scripture enjoins us to pray for their salvation not particularly for their government. It is so that they might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
It is a Christian duty to pray for the lost and also reach out to them by preaching. The heartbeat of God is evangelism. He doesn’t want any to perish, but all to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). Praying for others is a sign of healthy Christian living. We ought to continually give ourselves to prayer and the ministry (preaching) of the Word like the apostles of old did (Acts 6:4).