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You can pray for God to open a person’s heart and mind to His love and care

The Making of a Disciple
The Starting Point – Part V

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20

Key Verses: Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Part of the mystery of God’s prevenient grace is that we cannot see or know when God shows His favor on a particular unbeliever.

For example, a person may not respond positively when a Christ-follower tries to start a conversation with someone who needs Jesus. It could be that God has not drawn that person to Himself, and therefore, that person is not open to any such conversation. However, when a Christ-follower starts a conversation with an unbeliever, and they are open to it, God is drawing them.

When we pray for people we know need Jesus, God the Father draws them, opening their eyes to His love. This initiative of the Father is the starting point for anyone to become a disciple of Jesus.

Being aware of this process, we can find encouragement even when someone rejects our efforts to nudge them toward Christ. Use rejection as motivation to pray for that person and ask God to open their eyes.

Second Corinthians 4:4 gives us insight into the problem that we are up against when trying to win people to Jesus:

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

God has given us intercessory prayer as a “weapon” to fight against spiritual blindness. We can pray that people open their hearts and minds to God’s love and care for them. We call this “interceding” for a person far from God.

God hears our prayers and begins to draw that person to Himself. This does not save people or guarantee they will say “yes” to God’s drawing power. God gives every person “free will” to decide about Christ; God never forces Himself on anyone.

Have you made a list of people that you know need Jesus? Decide today to be an intercessor and pray consistently over your list, asking God to open their hearts to the good news of Jesus. Remember that Jesus told His followers always to pray and never give up (Luke 18:1).

Father, remind me never to give up on people who need You. Help me to pray in faith, trusting Your work in their lives. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.