The Prayer Triangle in Witnessing posted by John Sorensen on May 04, 2020
The Prayer Triangle in Witnessing
By Rev. John B. Sorensen
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God speaks to us through His Word, and prayer gives us the opportunity to communicate with Him. When we pray, we become aware of our dependence on the Lord at all times.
So it makes sense that prayer is a critical element in sharing our faith. Every aspect of our outreach efforts should be thoroughly covered with prayer from the beginning to the end and everything in between.
Ask God to Lead
God brings people along our path every day who need to hear about Him. Many of us walk past these divine appointments without ever noticing them. When we ask, God opens our eyes to see opportunities to share the Gospel wherever we go.
Prayer Challenge: Make a list of ten people you know need Jesus and pray for them by name. Keep that list your Bible or a place where you will see it every day. Then look for opportunities to share your faith with them.
Don’t Go Alone
God commands us to “go into all the world” but doesn’t leave us to accomplish that task alone. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). While it is our responsibility to share the Gospel, it is the Holy Spirit who brings understanding to the person hearing it.
Prayer Challenge: Every time you share our faith with another person, invite the Holy Spirit to join the conversation. While speaking with someone about God and His love, inwardly pray for the Holy Spirit to intervene in that person’s heart.
Invite Others to Pray
Even in today’s culture, people are more willing to accept prayer than we think. One church in Fresno, California, reserved a booth at the local farmers market and hung a banner that simply said, “Need Prayer?” They were amazed at how many people stopped by for prayer and the opportunities it created to share the Gospel. Some visitors made professions of faith right there.
Prayer Challenge: When you share the Gospel with someone, offer to pray with them. Invite them to accept the gift of eternal life through prayer right where they are. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
We all can become effective witnesses for Christ. Ask God today to reveal people in your life who need the Gospel. Begin to pray daily for them. Rely on the Holy Spirit to direct your conversations.
The Gospel is powerful. Share it with boldness.
Rev. John B. Sorensen, D.D. is the President/CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, headquartered in Arden, N.C. EE has been a leader in equipping Christians to share their faith for more than 50 years. For more free tips and resources, visit evangelismexplosion.org.