Neglected Biblical Truths
The Urging of the Spirit – Part II
Scripture Reading: John 6:43-66
Key Verse: John 6:44
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
Yesterday’s and today’s devotional is about what theologians call “prevenient grace”. As we learned yesterday, prevenient grace is the unmerited favor of God for unbelievers helping them to decide whether to receive God’s gift of salvation.
Besides our Key Verse, other verses teach us about prevenient grace, such as Titus 2:11:
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
The phrase “all people” means both believers and non-believers. Why does God give His unmerited favor (grace) to everyone? Because “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him might be saved” (John 3:16).
We read about the Apostle Paul, pleading with the Romans:
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Romans 2:4 NLT)
How do you pray for those around you that are unbelievers?
Many ask God to “break” the will of those for whom they are praying. Or they ask God to “knock them off their high horse” like God did when getting the Apostle Paul’s attention. God may use these methods, but we can also pray that God would help them see His kindness, which can urge them to turn from their sins.
The good news is that God wants more than we do for people to turn to Jesus.
When we pray for someone’s salvation, we pray according to God’s will. God hears us and answers these prayers. God does not force someone to come to Him, but He brings the forces of heaven upon them helping to make that decision. We cannot know what all the forces of heaven are, but they have the best chance of opening one’s heart to the gift of God.
We do not need to understand all that God does; all we need is faith in His prevenient grace and pray accordingly. Since we know it is God’s will for everyone to come to Him (2 Peter 3:9), praise God for His willingness to work in the lives of unbelievers for whom we pray.
Father, I am so grateful for Your love and work in my family and friends who are unbelievers. I praise You for hearing my prayers for them. In Jesus’s Name, amen.