Do you have people in your life who seem lost? If so, you probably pray for them regularly, asking God to minister to them.
Perhaps you have been praying for these people for years and still haven’t seen a breakthrough in their hearts; it’s very tempting to look the other way when we don’t see any progress being made. But rather than truly giving up, God invites us to “give up” our cares and worries for these people and place them on Him (1 Peter 5:7).
This is a lesson God taught me a couple of years ago when I felt tempted to stop praying for a dear friend who was struggling in many areas of life. At one point, I became so frustrated that I candidly said to God, “It seems like every time You ask me to pray for this friend, things actually get worse. Are You teasing me? Will things ever actually get better?”
I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, I just genuinely wanted to understand why the situation seemed so dire even after much concentrated prayer.
Then that very weekend at church, a guest