KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:10 KJV “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”.
Everyone who will be used mightily by the Lord must seek to save men who are lost. This was the commitment of the master. He consummated His mission on the earth by offering His life on the old rugged cross to save all mankind. The Lord was totally given to saving the lost. Just consider His thoughts about the lost in the following verse. Luke 15:4 KJV “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” The Lord says not a single soul should be lost.
Every man who would be effective in God’s hands must contend for the souls of men. You must not lose any opportunity to save the lost. You should never preach to an audience without making an altar call. The man God uses must be so passionate about winning the lost such that, he is ready to make every sacrifice for them. The lost are also won through travailing and prevailing in prayer. Saving souls is a form of giving birth spiritually to children. Isa 66:8 KJV “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children”. No mother delivering a baby does so without travailing, except those who do so through a surgical operation.
There is no travailing without pain. The man who is ready to be used by the Lord would instinctively go into intercession and travailing for the lost. You must not be lazy about contending for the souls of men. The Bible speaks to us about Epaphras who travailed for the brethren. Col 4:12 KJV “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. The word used laboring in prayers also means to fight. It is from the Greek word ‘agonazomai’. You should be ready to fight to get men free from the god of this world, who has held them in bondage
AS Jesus said, my meat is to do the will of God and to finish it. I contend aggressively for the souls of men. God works in their hearts saving them from the tricks of the devil.
John 4:34 KJV Jesus saith unto them, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 9:4 KJV “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”