Some two weeks ago, we started the first part in the series of “Three P’s of evangelism”. We outlined the three P’s of evangelism as;
And we went on to discuss in details the role of preaching the gospel and how it is the most important aspect of evangelism. Here is a brief excerpt;
“Preaching the gospel is a responsibility that every Christian must continually fulfil. It is not until you carry a megaphone and start preaching all across your area that you can achieve this. You can preach the gospel to the disparate individuals you meet everyday. You can tell them about the love of Christ. You can steer every conversation with unbelievers to the message of Christ. Let them know how much God loves them, let them hear you recount of how your life has been a manifestation of God’s love.”
Today, we would discuss “Prayer” as the second constituent of any impactful evangelism. I pray the mind of God concerning this topic is revealed to you as you read in Jesus name.
Praying to God is an act of communication with our heavenly Father. We continually understand the will of God and become blessed as we pray. Moreover, prayer directed specifically towards evangelism breaks every stronghold of the devil in the environment and in the hearts of the hearers of the gospel.
The devil covers the hearts and eyes of unbelievers with a veil which prevents them from being transformed by the word of God. He makes the gospel of Jesus meaningless to unbelievers, he makes the message of Christ seem like foolishness to them. And he does this by casting blindness and great obscurity in the hearts of these individuals. However, God has provided a way for reaching these obscure hearts. God has opened a pathway to reach these people, and this pathway is PRAYER. It is the power of prayer that breaks the stronghold of the devil and removes the blinding veil over the hearts of unbelievers.
The prayers made before going for evangelism, prayers during the evangelism process and afterwards, has great impacts and effects in the lives of those we’ve preached the word of God to. As Christians, our weapons of warfare are not carnal but are spiritual. Our weapons as Christians is prayer and the word of God,
“2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
By preparing the hearts of unbelievers with prayers, we cast down evil imaginations reigning in their hearts, we pull down strongholds of doubt, we cast down every exalted thing and we bring into absolute captivity every of their thought to the obedience of Christ. We clear the ground of their hearts in preparation for planting the seed of the gospel.
Prayer also brings about the manifestation of signs and wonders in the course of evangelism. When new converts see the power of Christ healing the sick, raising the dead, their faith are further established and they glorify God. More so, when unbelievers see the miraculous works performed by the power of prayer, they seek to come under the covering of the power of Jesus that made it possible.
Before embarking on any evangelism outreach or mission, we must do well to saturate the atmosphere with prevailing prayers. The Bible says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16b” Power is made available through prayer, chains of sin are broken and the veils of darkness are lifted.
If you are not directly involved in the ministry of evangelism or you are not specifically called to go to different countries to preach the gospel, you can still preach the gospel in your vicinity and in your workplace. However, you can still stand in the place of prayers for the vessels of God that have been sent to the mission field. As Christians, we have to pray for these ministers that the word of God will have a free course through them, we have to pray for their families, we have to pray that they do not compromise the faith of Jesus on the mission field.
Closely associated with this is that we have to pray for all nations that have not seen the light of the gospel, we continually have to pray for countries where it is hard to be a Christian or call the name of Jesus, we have to intercede on the behalf of the souls in these countries. We have to continually pray and pray pertaining to this. Our prayer life shouldn’t just revolve around us and and our family. We have to understand the will of God concerning evangelism and we are required to dedicate time specifically for evangelistic prayers. We may not know what to pray specifically concerning these nations but we have to trust in the Spirit of God to help us pray the will of God concerning them. Your seeds of prayers will go a long way in fast tracking the message of Christ and will provide a free course in these nations. Your seeds of prayers will strengthen missionaries and embolden them to preach the gospel of Christ with spiritual vigour and lucid clarity. God is counting on you and I, He’s counting on us to put to work the power of prayer which is powerful to break all the strongholds of the devil hindering the gospel and remove spiritual blindfolds on the hearts of men.
Make an effort to pray for all missionaries and unreached nations during your devotion starting from today. God bless you. Amen.
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