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‘For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’ Hebrews 10:36 NKJV

Got a friend or family member you’ve spent ages praying for and talking to about God? But despite your best efforts, they still resist Him. Do you feel like all the time you’ve spent trying to win them has been for nothing?

Have patience, God is at work! Don’t start the blame game or worry you haven’t done enough. Remember that ultimately we’re working to God’s schedule, not our own. All that God asks of us is that we faithfully follow His lead and then believe He’ll provide what we’ve asked for. That’s what Hebrews 10:36 reminds us—if we’ve allowed Him to guide us and we’re praying and asking in line with His will, it doesn’t matter how long it takes, He will answer our request. Maybe not in our timing or in the way we thought, but we will get an answer. And since sharing the Gospel is what God wants us to do, we can be sure He’s at work in the life of the person we’re trying to bring to Him. ‘God our Saviour… desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ (1 Timothy 2:4 ESV) Hebrews 10:36 talks about having endurance—which means we should be prepared to pray and keep on praying for the person we’re sharing the Gospel with. We won’t always see quick results, but we can trust God to be working. Set a reminder on your phone to pray for specific person for a few minutes at the same time each day. Be prepared to pray through weeks, months—even years.

SoulFood: Num 29:1–6, Mt 24, Rev 11:15–19, 1 Cor 15:50–58

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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