Hope when Praying for a Lost Family Member

John Newton to William Cowper, February 22, 1770

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“I am willing to hope that you will be made a messenger of light and peace to his soul. The Lord’s hand is not shortened that he cannot save. He can do great things in a small time, as you know from your own experience. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, he can command light to shine out of darkness. If he speaks, it is done… One glimpse of the worth of the soul, the evil of sin, and the importance of eternity, will effect that which hath been in vain attempted by repeated arguments.”

[Cowper’s brother, John, converted on his deathbed a few days later]

(HT: Reformed Voices)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “Hope when Praying for a Lost Family Member

  1. Thanks for that, Peter. This is something which is occupying my mind in increasing measure lately: that it is the Lord who instigates the revelation in a man’s heart and not man himself; it is the Lord who commands the light to shine out of the darkness.

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