Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
If we were to pray for non-Christian people, we would ask God to show them the sinfulness of their sin. Unless an unbeliever is convinced of the sinfulness of their sin, and how much it has separated them from God, they will never be convinced they are sinners.
As we pray for God to convict our unconverted loved ones and friends of the sinfulness of their sin (see John 16:8-12); we need to second pray that the Holy Spirit would show them the seriousness of their sin. Sin is serious. The wages or reward of persistent refusal to trust in Christ and to embrace one’s sin is death. The Bible records that there are two types of “death”: physical death and what will be the “second death” in the Lake of Fire following the final judgment. (Revelation 20:14) Romans 6:23 gives warning to unbelievers to send up the white flag of surrender and trust in Jesus by faith.
I would call this third prayer point as referring to praying for God to show
the sinner the richness of His love. In the above mentioned message, Pastor
Taylor mentioned that we must pray God will remove any barrier that stands
between them and Christ. When we see in the above passage that God
“demonstrated His own love”, that tells the reader that the evidence is
uncontestable. Anyone who still persists in unbelief cannot blame God for
lack of evidence. Barriers need to be removed. Inasmuch as we can weaken
intellectual barriers, only the Holy Spirit can succeed in removing those
moral and spiritual barriers that the sinner prefers to seek refuge from Holy
Good. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 reminds us: “For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are
not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We
are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the
knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience
As we pray for God to show sinners their sin and the seriousness of their sin, we also pray that He will make known to them the riches of His love. The Holy Spirit’s work of shining into the sinner’s heart the light of the glory of God revealed in Jesus Christ is what characterizes the Holy Spirit’s regenerative work, resulting in saving faith and repentance. As the Spirit works forth saving grace in the sinner’s heart, faith elicits forth as evidence of God’s free gift. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
In this final passage of the “Romans Road”, we are encouraged to pray for people to call o the name of the Lord. The verbal confession and mental ascent to trust in Jesus Christ is a supernatural work of the Spirit of God by His word. (James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23) The preacher of the sermon referenced noted: “the Spirit of God uses the word of God to do the work of God.” We would pray that the confession of saving faith that comes from a willing response to the Gospel would occur – leading to true salvation.