“Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.”
Romans 10:1, NAS

You hear about them every day: a little boy on a bike disappears, a stranger enters a home and abducts a little girl. They are called “missing children,” and their pictures call to us from milk cartons.

While pastoring the First Baptist Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico, I would go on the flat roof and pray like Peter over a lost city. God challenged my heart one day that I was like a burdened parent who is longing for his missing child. This was Paul’s “heart’s desire and prayer to God,” for the salvation of Israel.

Jesus came to seek and to save the missing, and He calls us to carry His burden in prayer. The lost are abused as Satan’s hostages. Pray for them that Jesus might “set free those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18) God desires all to be saved. (1 Timothy 2:4; and 2 Peter 3:9) The missing children cannot escape on their own. They can only be set free through the name, blood and authority of Jesus Christ, in prayer.

Read Romans 10 and pray for the lost to…

  1. Have a knowledge of the Gospel (verse 2).
  2. Know that righteousness is only from God (verse 3).
  3. Submit to God (verse 3).
  4. Receive God’s faith (verse 4).
  5. Choose with their wills to believe in Jesus (verse 4).
  6. Confess Christ as Lord (verse 9).
  7. Die to pride and find peace (verse 11).
  8. Call on the name of the Lord (verse 13).
  9. Hear witnesses who preach the Good News (verses 14, 15).
  10. Die to disobedience (verse 21).

QUESTION: Who do you know that is missing and needs to be found? Do you have a burden for them?