We have been studying “hope”….mostly our hope in Yeshua Jesus….and His making it possible for us to live and walk in the law of the spirit of life in Christ. Yeshua Jesus is our assured hope.
So, if my hope is founded in Yeshua Jesus, what else can I hope for with assurance? Let’s examine hope for another person’s salvation. It is good and right to hope and pray for another person’s salvation and relationship with Yeshua Jesus as Savior and Lord. We know that it is God’s will that ALL be saved. Yeshua Jesus died for ALL WHOSOEVER will receive and follow Him.
1 Timothy 2: 3-6, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for ALL people.”
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We pray that people might believe in and choose Yeshua Jesus as Savior…. but even more. We pray that they are followers of Yeshua Jesus and keep Him as Lord over their lives. We pray that they grow in an intimate relationship with Him. All of these hopes are scriptural. Remember Paul’s prayers in Ephesians 1: 18-23 and Colossians 1: 3-14, where Paul prays that people would KNOW HIM, His wisdom, and His power in our lives so that we would be able and strengthened to live pleasing to Him and fruitful in His work; overcoming even in trouble. I have often used these same words in praying for others. In praying God’s Word and in agreement with it, we can be sure our hopes and prayers are good and right/righteous.
In this hope of eternal salvation and fellowship in Yeshua Jesus, we can be assured He hears our hopes and prayers. We can hope and pray that God will set up every opportunity for the people we pray for that they might KNOW HIM. Sometimes our hope is quiet expectation, knowing that God is at work in their lives. He may be using someone else or some situation to reach out to them. It may require patience and endurance in quiet prayer, putting our hopes, faith, and confidence in God that He is at work….even when we see no evidence of what we hope for (Hebrews 11:1).
There may be times He is not calling for our personal testimony. But, there may be times He does. We need to tell God that we are willing vessels. We should offer ourselves as a witness to the goodness of God and be willing to testify of our faith if the Holy Spirit so leads. There may be times He does call us to speak or act. And there may be times He just tells us to pray.
This is how we keep hoping, keep praying, keep asking, keep listening, keep the faith! It is not begging God for something He already agrees with. If we have already come boldly to the throne of grace and asked Him for what is His will according to His Word, we know we have those things we have asked (Hebrews 4:16, Matthew 7:11, John 15:7). What we have asked is for Him to be active in pursuing the salvation of another. We have asked Him to reveal Himself as Savior and Lord. In our asking, we have opened the door for Him to find the lost sheep (Luke 15, Matthew 7:8). God will work to answer that prayer. And we should continue to work with Him in it also.
However, we must also realize that while our hope and prayers of God actively reaching out to this person are assured, the hope of their salvation is NOT assured. God is faithful to keep loving, keep working, keep reaching out to that person with perseverance, patience, and endurance….rest assured He is faithful. But, we must realize that God gives all people freedom of choice. They can choose to stay in the world without Father, Son Yeshua Jesus, and Holy Spirit. God’s will is that all be saved and come into loving relationship with Him. But tragically, not all will receive and be saved.
In examining hope and prayer for salvation and personal relationship with Yeshua Jesus for another person, the answer is a HUGE YES! We must extend our hopes and prayers in faith and also be willing to stand by patiently and/or be ready in our testimony if He asks us to participate in its working out (regardless of persecuting consequences). Salvation through Yeshua is our highest hope….eternity is forever!