“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.” Isaiah 55:6-7 New Living Translation
Do you have someone in your life that you are convinced will never receive Christ? Maybe it’s a relative who thinks they are a Christian; yet show no signs at all that they are. Perhaps it’s a spouse or a dear friend. Perhaps a boss or a bully at school. As long as the final trump has not blown and the clock is still ticking it’s not too late. No one is beyond the reach of God. Do you pray for these people? Make no mistake about it; God knows who they are without us praying for them. He created them, just as he created us. He knows every minute detail of their life, just as he knows ours. And he loves them with an unconditional, everlasting love, just like he does us.
Praying is not for God’s benefit, but rather for ours. When answers come it bolsters our faith and causes us to trust the Lord even more than we already do. When answers don’t come in the manner that we would like, we are counted on by the Lord to hold steady and wait with patience for the answer. Perhaps some of these people will never surrender their will to God, but that is not for us to determine. God will forgive them, even in the eleventh hour, if they ask.
Does it bother you that some people you feel are ungodly will get saved in the final moments of their life? I believe God would say to us, “What is it to you when and where a person becomes saved?” We must pray for those who need Christ, whether we like them or not. We must stand in the gap on their behalf. God’s forgiveness is for all, not just for some and not just for you or me. This is not a game, nor does God play favorites. Whoever asks shall receive eternal life. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.