One of the questions most often asked concerns our prayers for another person. We are unsure if we can pray effectively that God will change or save them. Can our prayers override the will of another person? No! God has given man a free will, and God will never force a person against his free will.
“And the the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athrist come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
God gives everyone a will. If we do not have a free will we are robots. We can say yes or no with our will. Did Adam and Eve have a free will? Did they not make a decision. It’s a dubious privilege to be free to make the wrong choice. People must choose God for themselves.
If we have children who have all the answers, a husband, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, we can pray for the person, but we cannot force our will upon them.
Why then do we pray for the unsaved? Let’s think outside the box just for a moment. King David said ” “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). Now who or what influences us as we grow up in a sin infested world?
Paul says in 2 Cor. 4:3,4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this world has blinded, who do not believe lest they light of the gospel of the glory of Christ , who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
Can the unsaved truly have and execute their free will when all of hell is blinding them? How do they come to a place where they are not driven in darkness and unable to make a true choice. It is only in spiritual warfare that such a place exists. As we bind the powers of darkness in prayer. We bring God’s influence to people in prayer. Enabling them to make a choice.
let’s see an example form Jesus’ ministry. And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him [Jesus], and saying, “Lord, have mercy upon my son: for he is a lunatic and sore vexed: for ofttimes he fallen into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him unto Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said…”Bring him hither to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the devil and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour” (Matthew 17:14-18).
Notice this child had Jesus sovereignly working from the outside upon him.Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, “Why could not we cast [the demon] out?” And Jesus said unto them, “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. Howbeit this kind [that is, demon possession] goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (v.19-21)
Here was a child who was hopeless and helpless apart from the prayer of someone else. This was not a case of forcing the child’s will , but freeing the child from demonic oppression or infestation. We have a hell-bent world in the grip of Satan. When we pray, our prayers do not force people to be saved but free people to be saved. We bind away the blinder who blinds their eyes.
When someone asks me to pray for someone who is not a believer I like to bind the unclean spirits in the person (Matthew 18:18) and command them to get into a box and be silent. I cut off their cords on earth and in the heavenlies (The demons in the second heaven will try to reinforce the ones in the lost person) if I do not do this. I cast off all their lines (of reinforcement). I tell them they cannot go in or out.
Then I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to the person all the requests of the people who have prayed for their salvation to be presented to them (Rev.8:3,4). The person is now on a level playing field in which they may make a choice without being robbed of the choice by the demons of hell.
Does this offend your theology? Oh well sorry but it works. Use your authority in Jesus’ name in spiritual strategy verses praying for years for a persons salvation.
Did Jesus have authority to cast the demon out? Of course but what did He do? He bound the demon and commanded it out then brought healing to the child.