When Jesus sent His disciples out to bring the gospel to others, He told them if they were not received to shake the dust off their feet and move on. He however did not mean that we should stop praying for these people, but that we should not continue to stay in their presence any longer. In other words, we should not hang out with them, for light and dark do not go together.
Matt. 10 v 14...".And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet."......
Sometimes we as Christians have the most difficult time understanding why those that are closest to us, our children, our parents, our siblings do not want to accept the gospel of Christ. But often times, we are not the ones that were meant to disciple them. Sometimes we just plant the seed, and then someone else comes along and waters it, and then another comes along to harvest. But we are to continue to pray for the lost everyday.
Some people take this verse out of context and think, well if they are not going to receive what I am telling them, then I will just move on, and let them have what they get. That is the wrong answer. We are to continue to pray for those and for Christian laborers to cross their path each day. Thank God, the people who witnessed to me and prayed for me did not quit praying. It was almost 20 years later before I came to know the LORD as my personal Savior. Oh, I knew who God was and I believed that there was a God, but I was missing out on the best part. Being a highly favored child of God. That means having His peace and His mercy and His grace over my life. Having His forgiveness and being totally in love with Him. And most importantly having Salvation through Him and living eternally with Him and the Father one day.
Even the Devil and all the demons believe in God. They know He is real, and they also know that their time of being able to go about and reap havoc on the non-believers and some believers as well is about to come to an end. Just as we as Christians have an urgency to tell others about Christ before He returns and they get left behind, so does the devil and his demons have an urgency to harden the hearts of those who still will not believe, or who still continue to live their old lives, so as to win them over to their wicked ways of living. You see, you will spend eternity somewhere. Whether it is in God's kingdom, or the devil's pit of hell, it will go on forever. And for those who think that this earth is Hell, I have to tell you, you are mistaken. Hell is real, and it is a lake of fire, with gnashing teeth and pain. As grim as that might sound, you have to be told the truth, and the word of God is the truth.
It is with the utmost urgency that I feel the need to tell those who still are not living for Christ, now is the time to get your life on the right path, the one that leads to salvation with the LORD JESUS. Things are changing very quickly everyday now, and I feel the LORD will not tarry much longer. Please if you have not accepted the LORD as your personal Savior, do so now. Just ask Him to forgive you your sins, and mean it in your heart. Turn away from your old ways and turn to Him. He will show you the way, He will help you to stay on His path. Confess Him before men, and He will confess you before the Father. AMEN!
So remember, when you share the word, and it is not received, do not be discouraged, but continue to pray for those, and then shake the dust and move on to share the word with more. Don't get stuck where you are, keep moving, keep sharing the gospel, and keep praying.