Are you willing to take up the challenge to spend one hour daily in the presence of the Lord to nourish your inner man?
One hour daily for prayer! It may surprise some. But how much time do you spend every day to maintain your physical body for washing up, dressing up and for eating and drinking? Can you imagine cutting down on your time there? If you are not careful, soon you will find that your body will fail you. Then how can you imagine that your inner man can carry on without proper nourishment every day?
If you do not want to do it, you are opting to be a babe in Christ. The Bible calls such ‘Carnal Christians’ (I Cor.3:1-2).
If you spend regular time every day in God’s presence with His Word for prayer, the Lord will not only strengthen you (Is.40:31) but you will also be able to hear His voice (Jer.23:18). Then you can order your life according to God’s will and you will also know the will of God about a given situation. When you know the will of God about a given subject, you can pray boldly about it (2 Sam. 7:27). Then you can be absolutely sure that your prayers will be answered (I Jn.5:14).
Do you know the following statements to be true?
God is almighty. He can do anything He wants to do (Gen.l8:14; Jer.32:27: Lk.l:37).
God is love (IJn. 4:8,16). He sent His son to die for us (Jn.3:16; ICor.15:3).
Jesus Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world (I Jn.2:2).
Though God is not willing that any should perish (I Tim.2:4; 2 Pt.3:9),
only they that call upon the Lord will be saved (Rom.10:13).
And prayers done in the will of God can never go unanswered (I Jn.5:14).
Then why should you let your friends and relatives in the clutches of sin and Satan?
They are still there because you don’t intercede for them.
But before you begin to pray for their salvation, make sure that you obey the Scriptures (Pro.28:9) and that you have a consistent bruit bearing life for the Lord (Jn. 15:l6). Make sure that you pray in faith (Mt.21:21), and in fervency (Js.5:16). You should also persevere till answer comes (Lk.18:1,7).
When you pray for the conversion of people, allow more time as God does not force any one to do any thing. They should on their own will must turn to God for mercy and grace. God will even force people on occasion depending on the fervency of the intercessor (Cf. Gen.19:l5,l6,29).
Answer is bound to come. Delay is due to your lack of fervency and Satanic obstruction (Mt.12:29; Dan.l0:2,3,12,13). But if you continue to resist the devil, he will flee (Js.4:7).