Prayer and evangelism go hand in hand. Many of us hope that our lives will be used by God to lead people to the place of repentance and faith in Christ. But if we learn anything from the example of the evangelists in the New Testament, we learn that this is not likely to ever happen unless we pray! Consider the person who had to be one of the best-prepared evangelists in history – the Apostle Paul. He should have been able to rely on his knowledge of the truth, and his persuasive speaking skills, but he did not.
Paul knew that prayer was the key. If people are to be saved, God has to get involved by setting up opportunities, guiding conversations, and ultimately changing hearts. To the Colossians Paul writes, “pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ… [pray] that I may make it clear” (Colossians 4:3). In Ephesians 6:19 he says, pray “for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.”
So today, let’s do more than hope; let’s begin to fervently pray. Let’s ask that God would use each one of us to boldly and clearly present the message of the gospel in those divinely orchestrated conversations, which end with someone repenting of their sins and placing their trust in Jesus Christ.