Read Matthew 18:12-14.This passage is always such a comfort to me. As I pray for family members, friends, neighbors, aquaintances that don't know Jesus, I do so with a confidence that the Holy Spirit is never going to stop drawing them to Him. I don't have any hesitation in knowing that God wants them to come to a full saving knowledge of Him. So my desire, although possibly swayed by doubt in people, meets with His desire -- that all should be saved.
"In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost." NIV
There is great comfort in this. We all know someone that is very far from the Lord and our heart's cry is that they accept Jesus. We've spent countless hours in prayer for the scales to be removed from their spiritual eyes, for their heart to be softened, for other believers to come into their life to speak truth to them. And through all that time, the Lord's Spirit has been reaching out to them -- drawing them to Him. All mankind is precious to Him.
Thank You, Lord, that my heart's desire began with Your heart's cry -- that not one should be lost.
- What other Scriptures show that God wants no one to be lost or perish? i.e. 2 Peter 3:9.
- Is there someone you have been praying for a long time to come to Christ? Never, never, never give up. God hasn't.