I like to take time in the morning to read the Word and spend time with the Lord. Then I pray for friends and family. Sometimes, I’m not sure if they are following the Lord, so I reinforce my prayer with 1 Timothy 2:4. “The Lord wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
That day as each person drifted through my mind, I prayed for them. Then I hit a brick wall. One for whom I’d prayed many times before came to mind. But tragically that person had died of cancer several months before. The thought hit me. I could no longer pray for the individual. There’s no hope after death.
Only God can judge a heart and only He knows where my family member is today. Maybe that person made a profession of faith earlier in life or on his deathbed. It wasn’t for me to know. But the reality of the situation struck me. We only have this lifetime to received God’s grace through our Savior Jesus Christ. After death it’s too late.
I think the situation has helped me to pray even more fervently for others. Ephesians 6:18 says to pray on all occasion with all kinds of prayers and requests. Salvation is a serious matter. Keep praying for others who may not know Him.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 11 Corinthians 5:21
Dear Lord, please help me not to give up praying for unsaved loved ones. Thank You that You want all to enter into the Kingdom of God. Amen.