But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
It’s all about praying for those who have not yet called Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. It’s all about realizing that the world is full of those who believe in the world order. It’s all about grieving for those who cannot understand because their minds are blinded.
To be spiritually blind means that there is an inability or unwillingness to perceive the truth of the Gospel. Unbelievers are spiritually blind. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV)
God is beyond unaided human knowledge and it is impossible to fully know God without revelation. The revelation comes from the Word of God and the belief in its inerrant truth. So if the lost of this world cannot even begin to understand and are blinded to their need for Jesus Christ, what can we do?
We can pray. It’s only through prayer that the lost can be reached. It’s only through prayer that the lost can see their need for a Savior. Charles Finney, well known revivalist once said, “In the case of an impenitent friend, the very condition on which he is to be saved from hell may be the fervency and importunity of your prayer for that individual.” I absolutely believe that is true. I know that I was headed to death and hell had it not been the prayers of a man who called on the Name of Jesus on my behalf.
Do my prayers or your prayers make a difference? Yes they do. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16 KJV) God hears and answers prayers that are offered in accordance with His will. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14 NKJV) And it is God’s will that all of us see our need for Jesus Christ as our Savior. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)
Precious Lord, I pray right now that those who are reading this and do not call You Lord and Savior would receive a touch from You today. Lord, their minds are blinded but Lord You can restore their sight, You can renew their minds. May we pray daily for those who are lost and are dying in their sins. May Your love penetrate and break the hardness of their hearts. Soften them Holy Spirit to be able to see their need for Jesus and bring them into the knowledge of the truth. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!