In Romans 10:1, Paul wrote: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved." I dare say that all of us at some time or another (and probably repeatedly) prayed for God to save an individual. Paul himself prayed that God would save every Jew. Implied in our prayer is the recognition of God's sovereignty. That is, God has the ability to answer our prayer--to save anybody. But aren't we also assuming that God may overcome one's resistance? We know that God will save anyone who is willing to repent and trust Christ for salvation. But when we pray for someone's salvation, aren't we actually asking God to make him willing? I guess I'm also asking, if God can't do those things, why did Paul pray for the salvation of every Jew, and why do any of us pray for God to save anyone?