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    Assurance about lost loved ones

    I was recently asked this question: "How does knowledge of the doctrine of election encourage/help those who are praying for lost loved ones? So many times, when discussing this doctrine for the first time, people feel discouraged and even desperate over the fact that someone that they love may or may not be elect. How can the truth of God’s election encourage someone who is praying that God will save a loved one?"

    I seek to provide an answer here. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on May 25, 2011 02:18 PM


    Thank you for your answer. I've been praying for my own husband and my 2 children since I got saved, and others whom I prayed for have come to faith, but not them. Since I started my journey into Calvinism I became quite concerned but never stopped praying.My prayers will be certainly more fervent from now without any worrries that maybe they are not "the called"of Christ.

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