Ever feel tired of praying for someone’s salvation? That no matter what you do or say, nothing seems to change? This can happen with prayers for a friend, parent, spouse or maybe even a complete stranger. Sometimes it feels like you are running up a steep mountain, trying to push a heavy load, and never actually getting anywhere. It can be completely draining, both emotionally and physically.
Whenever you start feeling down, keep this in mind:
Someone once prayed for you and didn’t give up
No matter how hopeless it may feel, don’t give up. Whenever you feel like you’re running up that mountain, remember that God is right there pushing with you. God didn’t call us to be fishers of men all on our own; that is what the Holy Spirit is for. In fact, there are many times in the Bible where people did amazing things but knew they couldn’t say that it was by their own strength. One major example would be the walls of Jericho. Ever try simply walking around a building, hoping that the walls will come crashing down? How about shouting and blowing on a horn? This story, and many others, show that God will use us to accomplish great things, but not simply on our own strength.
Do you recall what happened to Saul? He was a very religious Jewish man, who was trying to kill all followers of Christ and eradicate the fire God had instilled in his followers (I can’t imagine praying for the salvation of someone like that!). Then one day, he experiences a complete 180 degree change, and starts preaching the beliefs of the people he had been so fiercely persecuting days before.
It wasn’t someone’s convincing words that changed his heart and it wasn’t a fancy church service. Saul accepted Christ because the Holy Spirit changed his heart and God revealed himself to him. Often people say they “found God”, but what actually happened is that God showed himself to them. While we should go out and share with everyone the great news about God, we also need to remember that our efforts alone are not what cause people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Unfortunately, the values of today’s society has spilt into the Christian movement. In today’s society, we are told we can achieve anything if we work hard enough. People nowadays go out and change their hair colour, job, house, wife….. but there is something we can’t change ourselves: the hearts of others. We must realise that God is the one that changes people`s hearts and reveals to them the true power of the Gospel.
When you pray for someone to come to know Christ, make sure you ask God to have their eyes opened, their hearts softened, and that God will forever have their names written in the Book of Life.
I pray that God gives you wisdom of the Gospel to share with others, the strength to withstand persecution and ridicule, and the patience to wait for God to perform miracles in His time (not our own).