The bible clearly tells us that it is God who draws people to himself. It isn’t really anything we say that lead people to Christ. Yes, I believe God uses what we say, but it is the Holy Spirit that does the work. Most often, I believe the Holy Spirit has already been at work in someone’s heart and you might just be the one to help finish what has already been started. Then there are also those who are simply not ready to hear and receive the message yet. They may even be violently opposed to it. For these individuals, we can only pray that God draw them to himself, because until he does, the message of the cross comes across as pure foolishness. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says:
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
The idea of the gospel on its own can be difficult for people to accept. It is a fantastic story that could read like fiction if only it weren’t true. But it is true, and the Holy Spirit is the one who opens our eyes to that truth. I encourage you to pray that the Holy Spirit work in the hearts of those around you who don’t believe. Because it isn’t really the words that we speak that will win others over to Christ, it is the power of the Holy Spirit, drawing them to himself.
Remember what first Corinthians says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.” Nothing we can say will change that mindset. If you know of someone who is totally shut off to the gospel, I encourage you to pray that the Holy Spirit open their eyes, and draw that person to the Father. It may be that God will use you in that process, or maybe he’ll use something or someone else. God assures us that it isn’t his desire that anyone perish, so you know that he wants unbelievers to turn their hearts to him. Knowing that, our prayers should be full of faith, knowing that we are praying within his will.