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There are times that you talk to someone about the Lord and you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall. The person does not have any interest in your message or responds with ridicule and sarcasm. Where do you go from there?

Take comfort in the words of John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Until God does His homework in terms of causing the person to be receptive to the gospel, nothing you say will be of much benefit.

That doesn’t mean, though, there’s nothing you can do. One of the most powerful things you can do is pray that God will provide an “open door” for the gospel. For example, the apostle Paul wrote, “meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains” (Col. 4:3). That phrase a “door for the word” literally means a door of opportunity.

Pray fervently and daily that God will bring opportunities and prepare to see God work. The person who has absolutely no interest today might be very interested tomorrow. Should he be diagnosed with cancer, suffer an unexpected hardship, or is humbled in any way, you might find a different kind of person. There are times I have seen God take years to get someone’s attention, while other times it can occur in a matter of a few weeks and a few times almost overnight. There are also times God provides someone else to witness to them.

Whatever the case, never underestimate what God can do with our prayers.

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