Should we pray for the salvation of non-believers? Some would say that there is no need for that since the elect will receive Christ regardless of human activity. Others feel that they can influence God or people into doing something. Theologians have debated that for centuries so this brief blog won’t settle the debate.
All we do know for sure is that we should pray for the salvation of others. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “my hearts desire and prayer for Israel is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). He also said: “I exhort, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men… for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1). He also wrote “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). We read about what happened when Paul went to Thessalonica in Acts 17. Many people turned to Christ within a three week period and Paul is asking for prayer that the same thing would happen again when he went to new cities.
So it is obvious we should pray for the salvation of others. Until we can solve the theological debate, let’s just pray.