I have frequently heard the argument that we should not be praying for Jahar’s salvation because we can’t pray to change someone’s mind concerning a decision that only they can make.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone….” (1 Timothy 1 & 3-6)
Right here in God’s word, Paul urges Timothy to pray for ALL people. Not just Christians. Not just “good” people whose sins “aren’t that bad” – but ALL people. He instructs Timothy to intercede on behalf of others and give thanks for them because it pleases our God – and God wants EVERYONE to be saved and to understand the truth. Again, at the end of the above passage – we see that Christ gave his life to purchase freedom for EVERYONE. He died for every single one of us – mothers, fathers, doctors, terrorists, pastors, drug addicts, teachers, rapists, missionaries, murderers…..EVERYONE. There is no one that God’s saving grace is not available to.
So, my brothers and sisters, don’t let the world tell us what we should and should not pray for. Look to God’s word and see that it pleases Him greatly when we give thanks for Jahar and intercede on his behalf – because He wants Jahar to be saved and to understand the truth. Afterall, He gave His life to purchase Jahar’s freedom.