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Group Prayer for Lost Friends and Neighbors

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10, ESV)

How can we as groups (Adult/Student/Kids classes or Bible Study groups) be more strategic in praying for our lost friends and neighbors?

  • Pray Intentionally – Have a specific time during the group prayer time to pray for the lost.
  • Pray Specifically – Pray for lost friends and neighbors by name
  • Pray scripture during your prayer time for the lost.
  • Pray for God to open your eyes to see the lost around you/opportunities for conversation.
  • Pray for other Christians to cross the paths of friends who can have conversations that point/lead them to Christ.

Incorporate Prayer actions as part of your group prayer time. This works great for all ages groups, but specifically for kids and students with shorter attention spans:

Prayer box or journal – Have each person in your class write down on a card or in a journal the names of lost friends. (Kids may even want to add a picture of their friend.) Record dates and prayer requests for the lost friend.  Remember to record how God is answering prayers.

Group Prayer Walk –For kids or students, you might want to prayer walk their school praying for their lost friends. Adult groups can prayer walk a subdivision of a class member.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us (Ephesians 3:20, ESV)


Maria Brannen is a State Missionary at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.


Leading Group Prayers for the Lost

Our enemy is Satan and lost people are under his control (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Through prayer, we will weaken Satan’s influence on their hearts and open doors for our group members to share the good news (Colossians 4:2-4, 2 Timothy 2:25b-26). Here is a list of ways your group can engage praying for the lost as a group.

Prayer Methods:

  • Assign the role of “Prayer Coordinator” to a group member currently not serving in a leadership role. Provide training, like The Battle Plan for Prayer*.
  • Post the names of lost friends, family, and associates of group members in the room where you meet and refer to this list regularly. Have time within the group gathering to pray over this list.
  • Utilize a closed group on Social Media to encourage group members to share prayer requests and celebrations of group interactions with lost family, friends, and social associates.

Prayer Targets:

  • Pray for your group to be READY and SEEKING opportunities to share (1 Peter 3:15-16)
  • Pray for your group to have BOLDNESS when the opportunity comes (Ephesians 6:19)
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit SOFTENS hearts of the lost and prepare them to hear the truth
  • Pray for opportunities to CELEBRATE spiritual victories through their obedience
  • Pray for lost family, neighbors, and social associates of your group members
  • Pray for unreached people groups, as well as, missionaries serving in lands your group members will likely never visit
  • Pray for government leaders to experience salvation so that they can effectively guide others
  • Pray for those in the spotlight that they may lead the masses by their influence

* The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick © 2015, B&H Publishing

Jason McNair is the Strengthening Churches Missionary for the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention. He also teaches an adult Sunday School group at First Baptist Church in West Valley City. You can reach him @jason_mcnair and at