Here is my question: I find myself often praying for the salvation of others. I know that God was very patient with me, so it gives me great hope that my friends, family, enemies, and strangers won't be as stubborn as I was. But this is what I don't understand: I don't know if what I'm doing is helping at all. I believe that God desires all to be saved. I also believe that God tries to draw people to him, but he won't compel them or force them against their will.
So if God is already doing everything he possibly can do, and is already going as far as he is willing to go, how can my prayers be of any help?
It's not like I can ask God to try harder (he's already doing all that he can).
It's not like I can ask God overwhelm someone (he won't violate their free will).
So are my prayers helping at all? Besides making myself feel better, I don't understand how I can be helping at all.