Jesus said, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44). Even though salvation requires divine initiative, God has given us the critical role of prayer. Jesus taught his disciples to pray and never give up (Luke 18). He told them repeatedly to keep on asking (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11: 5-11).
We've been praying for my dad for more than four decades. I've personally been praying for my dad for thirty-six years. My dad, Tom Comiskey, received Jesus Christ on his death bed at eighty-five years old, gave a clear testimony of his salvation, and then died three days later on July 30, 2009. It was truly a miracle of God's grace (read my diary entry of his salvation HERE). We had a glorious memorial service last Friday, knowing he's in heaven.
My dad's mother, Martha, was the first one in our family to come to Christ at the age of seventy-four. God delivered her from Christian Science, and she persistently prayed and witnessed to the rest of us. Martha's prayerful persistence has borne much fruit, and three of her grand kids are even now in full-time ministry (please read Acts 16:31 and stand on this promise for your family).
Don't give up praying for someone after a few weeks. It might take a lot longer. George Mueller prayed throughout his lifetime for five friends to know Jesus Christ. The first one came to Christ after five years. Within ten years, two more of them received Christ. Mueller prayed constantly for over twenty-five years, and the fourth man was finally saved. For his fifth friend, he prayed until the time of his death, and this friend, too, came to Christ a few months after Mueller died. For this last friend, Mueller had prayed for almost fifty-two years.
God doesn't view time in the same way we do. He hears every prayer you make, and He desires that you persist until the end. At times you'll want to give up. Don't. God is hearing your prayers and is pleased with them. In His time the answer will come-quickly
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