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Question and Answer

Some of my relatives are “gospel hardened.” They have heard the gospel all their lives but sneer at it. Do I have to go on praying for them? I don’t feel like it.

Some Christians think that praying endlessly for people who show no sign of repentance and belief is like casting pearls before swine. But that expression may be more applicable to preaching or evangelizing than to prayer (Matt. 7:6). Don’t wear your tongue out preaching to your willfully hardened loved one—but prayer is something else. The text warning us not to cast pearls before swine is followed by an exhortation to pray.

The apostle Paul said that his heart’s desire and prayer to God was that others might be saved (Rom. 10:1). Maybe he was encouraged to do so by his own inspired words in 1 Timothy 2:3–8, and by Peter’s words in 2 Peter 3:9. Look them up and read them.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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