We pray for our loved ones to be saved, but we do it through our own limited understanding and not through faith in our Lord. ~ Lisa Blair
In reading the Doctrine of Election, we are reminded that only God can provide salvation. The parts that stood out to me most are:
- “People are so ruined by sin that they are unable to respond by faith…unless God first gives the ability to respond.”
- “God must draw people Himself and awaken faith in the dead hearts.” (John 6:37-40, 47)
- “By grace, God calls individuals to faith” (Eph. 2:8-9)
- “This favor of God is undeserved and unearned.” (Romans 9:20)
- “God must work in individual hearts to draw them to Himself.”
- “Because salvation is God’s work from start to finish, all the glory belongs to Him.”
As ambassadors of Christ, it is our mission to share the Word with them (nonbelievers). We are watering the seed that was placed in them before they were born. At some point, most if not all, of our loved ones will recognize the seed of faith growing within causing them to question their lifestyles and who they are in Christ. When that happens, God calls them to Him. Age is not the crucial factor, surely, we want our loved ones to be saved early in life, but we must not give up it may not occur until they are old. Our prayers are not in vain. A prime example is the life of Abraham. God’s promises may escape us in our youth where our free-will seems strongest, and blossom in the later years of life. Don’t give up on them. It is never too late, and our prayers continue to water the seed God placed in them before they were born.
My prayer is:
Lord cover my son/daughter/loved one in your Blood until they call out your name and receive salvation. Protect them on their walk in sin. Cause them to step back from temptation through faith they do not yet know they have. Thank you for planning our paths before you created life on earth. Help me to accept the things I don’t understand. Help us “embrace the struggle with this truth” and “settle our hearts on Your goodness and your unconditional love”. We thank you for standing by us in all times, circumstances, and situations. We will continue to share the Word with our loved ones knowing you are there to retrieve them from death. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
References: Bible Study Fellowship, Lesson 16, Genesis 25-26. https://www.bsfinternational.org
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