Q. What about the person who wants to be saved, who asks to be saved, who prays to be saved, but whose life and circumstances do not allow him to do the totally irrational thing of truly believing. What about that person who, no matter how much he wants salvation, and prays for it, finds himself simply unable to believe?
A. You say this person wants to be saved, asks to be saved and prays to be saved but is unable to believe. This must be a hypothetical question, because there is no such person.
In Matthew 7:7-8 the Lord said that everyone who asks receives, all who seek will find and to all who knock the door is opened.
Ephesians 2:8 says, it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
That’s why Paul could say that all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13).
The faith to be saved is a gift from God and is given to everyone who asks.
This is further confirmed in 2 Thessalonians 2:10. Speaking of those who will be deceived into following the anti-Christ and will perish because of it Paul wrote, “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” He didn’t say they were unable to believe, but that they refused to believe.
1 Timothy 2:4 tells us God wants everyone to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. All this being the case, it doesn’t make any sense that He would create someone who wants to be saved and is capable of asking but is unable to believe.