Seven for Heaven is the name that we give to the list of “lost people” that we are praying for to get saved. The list can be one or one hundred; what they have in common is that we know them, and they are spiritually lost and headed for hell when they die. They can be neighbors, work associates, family, or friends. I have an even dozen on my list, and it only takes a few minutes to pray for them, so there is no good excuse for not praying for them every day.
Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
1 Timothy 2:1&4 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men. . . .This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Lost people are spiritually blind; they can’t understand the truth of the gospel, it makes no sense to them.
2 Corinthians 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
We can pray for our seven for heaven list and ask God to restore their spiritual eyesight, and He will do that.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
He will also give us opportunity and the wisdom to share with them the gospel. The words of the gospel are powerful to give sight to those who are spiritually blind.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Acts 26:17-18 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
Acts 16:14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.
It looks like I could give five minutes every day to pray for a dozen lost people asking God to open their spiritual eyes so that they could understand the gospel, asking Him to set them free from the control of satan over their will, asking Him to provide an open door, a divine appointment with them to talk spiritual things with them, asking Him to give me the wisdom to know what to say and when to say it, and asking Him to convict them of their sin and draw them to Himself.
It doesn’t take much time, and that simple discipline would make a huge difference in the lives of a lot of people throughout our life if we would do it, but very few do.