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Can someone else's Free Will limit or prevent God's grace and blessing towards the one you pray for?
God gave us Free Will, with that said; what effect can it have toward receiving grace and blessings? If some else prays for you to have blessings from God, can your Free Will unknownly prevent it? Does someone whom you pray for to receive blessings required to have faith in order to receive the blessing or grace from God?
Hello Grace. Nothing can prevent God's grace from blessing others. The only thing that can prevent God's blessings are if one has not accepted Christ as their savior. Saying that, God's grace is abundant and readily available to those who will accept it. Accepting Christ as their savior who was crucified on the cross for "all's" sin to be erased, covered in the blood for eternity. God's amazing saving grace.
This made me think. I do spend a lot of time praying for believers in trouble. But I guess I spend more time praying for non-believers. I think that is appropriate. I will have to ask.
Yes my friend. We must pray for all. God bless!!
JT- I believe you're right. May I say that accepting Christ is a bless. How many of us pray for others to accept Christ? Many Thanks and blessings
Hi Grace in us, Again you ask such a marvelous question. I immediately went back to read Matthew 8:5-13. We have no reason to believe that servant had faith.
And I think even as important is that we believe as the Centurion did.
Let me just throw out there: Does scripture say that we must voluntarily accept Jesus into our hearts? I say again -- my wife did not ask and boom! As she walked distressed in a foreign place with her husband in the hospital, Jesus just flowed into her.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
yes I should mention that when my wife arrived at the hospital -- she did not go to my room first. She went directly to the Chapel and thanked Jesus and accepted him as her savior.
Eric- I think faith in and of itself is just one on many blessing. Like the Centurion. Thanks and blessings Eric.
I don't think that the faith, if any, of the person you're praying for matters. I say that because our prayers will be answered, but in God's way and in God's time. Those blessings both may be given and we don't recognize or even see when it happens. We can't give God " blessing instructions". It's unconditional. His way.
Sometimes, I can give an analogy better than an explanation, so I'll try.
I've got 2 friends. One is a golfer and one is a farmer. On the same day, one wants sunshine and one wants rain. I pray for God to bless them both. How does that work? I have no idea, but if I have faith that God can figure that out, without my help, he probably will.
If people have to have enough faith to receive blessings; and they do, they would pray themselves and not need our prayers. The ones with little or no faith need our prayers the most.
I see it as it depends on the one receiving the grace and blessings. Either they are open to it, or they are not. Another's ill will could confuse them from opening up, but in the end, it's up to them to do so. And that being their free will, could overpower any ill will trying to keep them from grace.
Maybe what we're here to learn?
Free Will - means that we are free to receive or reject the blessings. so the person you are praying for can reject the blessings that God sends their way.
I have seen this many times, and have seen it go both ways. Where circumstances were presented that drove them to God and in others drove them further into themselves total and final rejection of God. I have also seen them die within days hours of rejecting Christ completely, usually a horrible death as well as those receiving being healed from horrible diseases.
So yes Free will allows that person only to determine the outcome-- no other person can.
God's grace is always there for each to receive or reject--your personal choice.
celafoe- You are right, there are some foolish enough to turn away God's grace and blessings. It is sad that such a thing does happens. Many thanks for your answer and God bless.
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