Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
Do you pray for a soul precious to you who is lost? Does it appear that your prayers are just vapor going up and disappearing into the heavens unheard and unanswered? You have prayed diligently and there has been no change. Christian keep on praying! Petition the Lord daily! These words the very words of our Savior. Matthew 7:7-11
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Why does He tarry, why does He wait? Why does it seem that my unsaved friends get ever more entrenched in the world? We must remember that God’s timing is always perfect. He is not intimidated by time nor is He bound by it. He will act at the perfect time, at the time that will bring glory to His name, at a time that will cause all to say, “Ah, truly it was the hand of God!” In regards to the Lord’s return Peter said in his second epistle chapter three verse eight and nine 3:8-9; But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. True he is speaking of the second advent but God’s heart is the same towards the salvation of one as it is toward the many. He promises to leave the ninety-nine and seek out the one lost to bring him home. The heart of God is forever
inclined to the plight of the lost and the prayers of the righteous. A short little verse in Luke chapter six sheds light on the truly great grace of God. It says; For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
I would venture to say that the two things foremost on the mind of God are these very two things, the plight of the lost and the prayers of the righteous. Jesus said that He came to seek and save that which was lost. We must continue steadfastly in prayer. If we are seeking the salvation of the lost then it is in prayer and in example of the Christian graces that the heart will be won to Christ. If I had only one chapter of the Bible to sustain me it would be Romans chapter 12. In it we find this model.
Romans 12:9-13; Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing
to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. If we continue steadfastly in prayer and walk out these characteristics in our lives then those we pray for will be saved as well as those we don’t even yet know for they will be drawn to the fragrance of our lives. Above all know the heart of God which is as it reads in 1 Timothy 2:4; He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
“Dear Lord I will continue steadfastly in prayer for those who are lost in the world. I know their hearts are dear to You and it is Your desire that they come to know You in a saving way. I will not let appearances or circumstances muddy the water of my faith but I will allow it to run clear and true straight from Your throne and through my life, pouring out onto the lives of the lost and the broken, amen.”