Hello, John and Doves,
For those who think they stand alone, remember, if we desire to see our loved ones saved, we must realize that God is absolutely sovereign.
"As the Scriptures say, 'God has put them into a deep sleep. To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not hear.' " [Romans 11:4, 1 Kings 19:18]
"Ears to hear and eyes to see--both are gifts from the LORD." Proverbs 20:12 NLT
Verily, it is written,
"I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live." Ezekiel 33:11
Not only that, God is illimitable.
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear." Isaiah 59:1
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25
No one has the capacity to prevent God's will. We can pray confidently for our loved ones.
"The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; He guides it wherever He pleases." Proverbs 21:1 NLT
"You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail." Proverbs 19:21 NLT
To close, how about a little primer on prayer?
"I will answer them before they even call to me.
While they are still talking about their needs,
I will go ahead and answer their prayers!" Isaiah 65:24 New Living Translation, Tyndale House, publisher [NLT]
"Yet you don't have what you want, because you don't ask God for it." James 4:2 NLT
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
"And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."
1 John 5:14-15 NLT
Charles, you said:
Baruch HaShem Yeshua,