Per all of the articles we have discussing the different prayer strategies you can take with the Lord, and some of the conditions that He is looking for in order to answer more of your personal prayers – without question, the number one prayer request that each believer should be putting at the top of their personal prayer list with the Lord has to be that each one of us pray for any of our unsaved loved ones.
Your unsaved loved ones would be all of your immediate family members and all of the close personal friends that you may have in your life.
We can obviously pray for complete total strangers, but what makes praying for all of our immediate family members and close friends so special with the Lord is the direct personal connection that we already have with each one of them.
As a result of this direct personal connection that you already have with each one of them, you will have a much stronger desire to pray for each of them than you would have with a complete total stranger – and that stronger desire and passion that you will be showing in your prayers to God the Father may be the exact thing that will get Him to want to move on each one of them before they die and depart from this life.
One very special area in this realm is that every single Christian mother and father should be praying for all of their unsaved children.
Below I will give you a very dramatic and powerful testimony of a man who was literally spared going down into the pits of hell as a direct result of all of his mother’s continued prayers for him.
And with all of us only having this one short window to be able to do this with the Lord, every single one of us should make it our absolute top priority to pray to God the Father that He move mightily on any of our close loved ones who are not yet saved through the blood of His Son Jesus.
When you really stop and think about the big picture we are all dealing with – the number one thing that we should all be focused on is our eternal salvation in the Lord.
All of the money we will ever make in this life, all of the personal possessions we will be able to buy with that money, all of the successes we may have in the different jobs we may take, and all of the personal friends we will end up making in this life will all be for naught if we do not accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior before we die and depart from this life.
Not one ounce of all of the money you will make in this life, and not one ounce of all of your personal possessions will be going with you to the other side when you die and cross over.
No suitcases will need to be packed on your deathbed. The only thing that will be crossing over to the other side when you die will be your soul and your spirit. Everything else will be left behind. Naked you came into this world, and naked you will leave this world.
Once we die and cross over, judgment will then be set on each one of us, and our eternal fates will be forever decided by the Lord – heaven for the saved and hell for the unsaved!
There will be no reincarnation back into this life to get another chance as the New Agers will try and tell you. We only have one chance in the eternal scheme of things to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior – and it can only be made on this side of heaven, not on the other side.
Your direct, personal, intercessory prayers to the Lord for someone who may not yet be saved may be the only thing that will end up getting them saved, and thus preventing them from being thrown into the pits of a real, live, living hell where they will be forever tormented day and night with Satan and all of the rest of his fallen angels.
Now here is a dramatic, bone-chilling testimony from a man who was spared from being thrown into pits of hell for all of eternity as a result of his mother’s continued prayers for him.
This dramatic and powerful testimony will show you how God can actually hear and answer your direct personal prayers to Him for a loved one’s salvation – if only you will be willing to take the time to actually pray for that loved one’s salvation in the first place!
The Testimony of Bishop Curtis Kelley
I had just heard this man’s testimony the other day on one of the Christian TV stations. This man’s name is Bishop Curtis “earthquake” Kelley. He now has his own church in Hollywood, California. He specializes in dealing with the worst cases in his area due to the kind of past he grew up in.
Long story short, he had a very strong, praying mother who was always preaching the Word to him, anointing his head with oil to protect him when he was running wild out in the streets in his early years, and telling him that he would be preaching the gospel when he got older.
Curtis said he was always running from this call as a young man. When he was 4 years old, he heard a voice tell him that he did not have to wait for his brothers to lead him to the drugs that could get him high. This voice told him that he could get to these types of drugs much sooner. As a result of listening to this demonic voice over the following years, he became fully hooked on cocaine at the actual age of 10!
When he turned 15, the demonic voice came back to him and told him that he could get a bigger and better high than what he was getting from just using the cocaine by itself. The voice told him he could mix the cocaine with some of the other drugs he was using to get that bigger and more intense high.
Again, not realizing what he was dealing with, he went ahead and mixed the cocaine with the other drugs and he immediately overdosed. He was at a bar when this happened. He was then given some alcohol to top the drug mix he had just taken. He then told some of the people in the bar to take him home.
As he was in this overdosed condition from this lethal mixture, he literally saw demonic spirits coming out from underneath the bar floor. They started to grab and pull on him. When he got into the car, they were then able to literally drag him out of his body and into an actual pit in hell itself.
He said the demons then started to do horrible and evil things to him down in this pit. But right in the middle of this horrible torment and torture being done to him by these demons, a “hand of light” all of a sudden appeared, grabbed him by his shoulders, and pulled him back up into his body. After he was pulled back into his body, another voice came to him and said:
“Because of your mother’s prayers, you were spared.”
Shortly after that experience, he went to a church. The pastor called him out from the back of the church and he then received his salvation from the Lord. He later became a professional boxer and then became a pastor of the church he now has.
As you are listening to his testimony, the one thing that he kept repeating was that a strong praying mother has the power to turn their sons and daughters back to the Lord with their strong prayers to Him. He said the only reason he is alive today and not burning in the pits of hell is all due to the powerful prayers of his mother on his behalf to the Lord.
His testimony just cuts right through you like a knife when he gets to the part of the hands of light coming right down and pulling him back into his body from the pit of hell he was in – and then telling him that he was spared this final horrible fate as a result of his mother’s continued strong prayers for him to the Lord.
His dramatic testimony shows how powerful and how important it is that all parents keep praying for their children, no matter how far off the track they may appear to be, and no matter how hopeless and dire their situation may appear to them in the natural.
He said he was as wild and messed up as you can be, but yet the power of God was able to come upon him and set him completely free, which was all as a direct result of his mother’s continued prayers for him! His testimony shows very graphically and very vividly how the power of intercessory prayer can help set a captive completely and totally free from the clutches of pure evil.
With the above testimony showing you how powerful of a thing it really is that we all pray for the salvation of all of our close loved ones, my personal recommendation is that you take an index card and write down all of the names of your close loved ones who are not yet saved.
Pray for each one of them as the Holy Spirit leads, even if it means staying with them for 10, 20, 30 years or more. Some people will literally get saved on their death beds. I would pray for their eternal salvation to the day they literally die, as you never know when the Lord will move on them based upon your direct, heartfelt, personal prayers to Him.
I do not believe that you can “over-pray” to the Lord, or pray in vain on these types of extreme situations. You will not be bugging, bothering, or pestering God with your continued and repeated prayer requests that He move on them in a mighty way to get them saved before they die.
In fact, I believe God will really be moved and touched by your continued prayer requests, and this constant wrestling and prevailing with Him may be what will get Him to eventually make that big move on your close loved one like He did on the above testimony.
The above testimony is a perfect example of God actually moving to save this young man’s eternal life – and this was all as a direct result of his mother’s passionate and intense prayers to Him to save her son in the first place.
I would play it out with each one of your unsaved loved ones until the last pitch has been thrown in the bottom of the ninth inning, which will be when they die and depart from this life. Sometimes games are actually won in the bottom of the 9th inning, with two outs left and one strike left to throw.
Again, if no one else is praying for any of your unsaved loved ones, your direct personal prayers to the Lord for their eternal salvation may be the only thing that will end up getting them saved before they die and depart from this life.
And there will be no greater act of love that you can do for another human being than to be able to be used by the Lord to save that soul from a life of eternal torment and punishment.