Go to God on behalf of people before you go to people on behalf of God. This is a primary principle of prayer in evangelism and one we need to take to heart.
For we are in a spiritual war, where the souls of men and women hang in the balance. As followers of Jesus we should understand prayer is not only essential in the evangelistic endeavor, it should be the place we begin.
When we go to God first we are acknowledging our dependence on Him, the vanity of witnessing to people in our own strength, and the necessity of God to move and work in the hearts of those we desire to reach. For Jesus said, ‘without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5), including the work of evangelism.
During this fresh series of blogs on prayer and evangelism we’re going to focus on praying for:
· A Right Heart
· A Right Spirit
· Open Doors
· The Lost
· Other Witnesses
Regarding the primacy of prayer in the evangelistic endeavor, Hudson Taylor stated, “Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.” Next time we’ll begin by looking at praying for a right heart.
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)