I combined several verses from the Bible to emphasize God’s call to all Christian and His heart for the lost. The call is even more intense for the time we live: “‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live.’ For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. The Spirit of the Lord is upon the Son, because He anointed the Son to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent the Son to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed. To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. God does not show partiality.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward men, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Therefore, let all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to 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.
And the cry is being heard already: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ We need to do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and we perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. But the Lord desires mercy, and not sacrifice, for He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. God has no pleasure in the death of a sinner. This is why Jesus has come: to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Assuredly, Jesus has said to us, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loose in heaven.” Therefore, we need to deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. Can we say, “Surely we did not know this?” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? God has given us the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We need to use the Word of God in our prayers. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Jesus has said to us, “To go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Many have hid their talents in the ground. Let’s obey the Lord by liberating the captives and the oppressed through our prayers. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Assuredly, Jesus has said to us, “whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loose in heaven. And if two of us agree on earth concerning anything that we ask, it will be done for us by our Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is there in the midst of them.” And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
The instant God speaks concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom God has spoken turns from its evil, He will relent of the disaster that He thought to bring upon it. When God shuts up heaven and there is no rain, or commands the locust to devour the land, or sends pestilence among His people, if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves, and pray and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. When Daniel prayed to God with sackcloth, fasting and supplication and repenting of his nation’s sins, God has heard him.
For the Lord utters His voice before His army; surely His camp is very great, for strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome, and who can endure it? “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.
God needs prayers warriors, therefore the Lord raises His voice in the presence of His army and gives a command; the women who carry out His command are powerful, they are a great host and make a very large camp. Because of their obedience, they will delight in the Almighty and lift their faces to God. They will pray to Him and He will hear them and He will rescue many by the purity of their hands.””
(all (with slight modification to show the point) from either NKJV, HCSB, NASB: Ezekiel 33:11b; John 3:16, 17; Luke 4:18, 19; Acts 10:34b; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 9:38; 25:6a, 24-30, 9:13, 18:18-20; 1 Timothy 2:1-6a; Psalm 2:12; Proverbs 24:11, 12; Ephesians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5; Mark 16:15; James 5:16b; 1 John 3:22; Jeremy 18:7, 8; 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Joel 2:11-13, & (Jam of Joel 2:11 , Psalm 68:11-14 & Job 22:26-30)
Please shear for God’s glory and salvation of many. Thank you!