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Praying For the Lost

You cannot draw anyone to Christ, but God can. If you want to see someone’s heart healed and eternal future secured, you must be praying. You pray Jesus seeks. We may pray for a person to find God, but Jesus said it the other way around. He said that He came to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10, ESV). Jesus does the seeking, and the Holy Spirit opens a person’s heart. There is no other way to get an unsaved person to respond.

That’s what we should be praying for; it took me years to understand that. When we pray urgently and faithfully by name for specific lost people, asking God to reach them, God works often in unique and unexpected ways to open hearts to Himself. If God has put a burden on your heart for an unbelieving loved one or friend, keep on praying. Jesus taught that we “ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

_Billy Graham

Thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep.”

_Ezekiel 34:11, NKJV

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