How does free-will affect faith prayers?


Question: “How can I pray in total faith for another's salvation or for a spouse when that person has free-will to do whatever they choose to do?”



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For a long time, I was confused with this question. How can I confidently pray in faith for another’s salvation or a spouse when that person has free will to do whatever they desire, even when contrary to my prayer, prayers that scripture say will be fulfilled?


On Christmas day, the Lord answered by question and what a wonderful Christmas present it was.


With salvation, I can pray in faith that God is doing all that He can within the limitations that He has set, including free-will.


When praying for a spouse, I can pray in faith that God is doing all that He can within the limitations that He has set, including free-will.


I can also pray that if it is not to be because of the persons’s free-will, that God will send me the best possible answer.


While I may not be able to pray in full faith because of my uncertainty of the person’s final choice regarding their free-will, I certainly can pray in faith that God is doing all He can within the limits He has set in His Word.


Now you may ask, what do you mean by “within the limitations”?  Are you saying that God is limited? What I am saying, is that God can do anything (Eph 3:20) and that God is in Control (Hebrews 2:8). While God can do anything, He has, by His divine power, set limits. God is God and can do anything except for those areas or limitations He has set. God will not break His Holy Word. Where He has set conditions, restrictions, and requirements for us, He will not fulfill His Word until we have obedient fulfilled His word.


For example, Jeremiah 30:17 says, I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord. If God declares that He will restore us to health, and He is more than able, then why isn’t everyone healed?


The biggest reason we do not receive God’s blessings is because of lack of faith or a spirit of unbelief.


But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6).


The second biggest hindrance to God’s blessings is sin and unforgiveness in our life. Click for more info on sin.  Click for more info on unforgiveness.


But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear (Isaiah 59:2).


People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13).


forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25).


God, who loves you and desires to bless you cannot bless you if you are not obedient to Him.  


We may know the will God, but when a person’s free-will is in opposition to the will of God, we can still pray in complete faith and confidence that God is doing all that He can do in the situation within the limits of His Word.


And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him (1 John 3:22).


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