‘He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish.’ 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
If you’re praying for an unsaved loved one, here is a Bible promise you can stand on today: ‘He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ Remove the word ‘everyone’ and insert the name of your loved one. As long as there’s life, there’s hope! The last miracle Jesus worked was saving a thief who hung on a cross beside Him: ‘Today you will be with Me in paradise.’ (Luke 23:43 NKJV)
In the words of the hymnist, Annie Johnson Flint: ‘His love has no limits, His grace has no measure, His power no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus—He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.’ No matter how far gone your loved one may be, God’s grace and mercy can still reach them—so keep praying for them.
Listen: ‘The arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.’ (Isaiah 59:1 NIV) Jesus said, ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them.’ (John 6:44 NIV)
So ask God to send someone across your loved one’s path who will show them the way of salvation. Above all, don’t get discouraged and give in to doubt. Remember, it’s God’s will to save them, and when you know you’re praying in accordance with His will, you can approach Him with confidence. ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.’ (1 John 5:14–15 NIV)
SoulFood: Gen 13–16, Matt 18:21–35, Ps 61, Pro 6:16–19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023