Prayer is the lifeblood of all vital outreach. You can pray without doing outreach, but you can’t do outreach without prayer.
You can pray without doing outreach, but you can’t do outreach without prayer.
God communicates with us all the time. The only hold up is on our end—the receiving end of things. As we pray we are able to hear his voice clearly. There are certain prayers that bear more fruit than others. Some prayers are easy to answer. They are the kinds that express his heart without hesitation.
If we hope to be effective in outreach we need to offer up prayers in faith, with no reservation.
We are wise if we choose our prayers well. If we hope to pray enthusiastically our prayers need to express the heart of God as revealed in his word. Consider the following as part of your prayer arsenal.
Prayer 1. “Bring People To You O Lord”
Pray for the Lost.
The beginning point of prayer for outreach is to focus on THE point of it all—the Lost. Pray for the Lost around you. God will sensitize you to their plight, their pain, their struggle as you lift them up to God. Until we pray for the Lost we will likely only be irritated by the them. We are likely to lose patience until we enthusiastically welcome them in—in word and action.
Prayer 2. “Capture My Heart”
Ask God to Move Your Heart.
Prayer 3. “Increase My Anointing“
Ask God for more power.
Practice doing the will of God. Practice a LOT. We get better at any skill as we do it frequently. Evangelism works in the same way. Get among others to practice your outreach chops frequently. God will build his momentum in you as you walk out his power.
Prayer 4. “Stir Up My Gifts“
Ask God for greater skill.
Prayer 5. “Give Me Favor”
Ask God for greater effectiveness.
A prayer that goes hand in hand with this one is this:
The key verse is Luke 10:2, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” A friend of mine encourages people to set their watches and cell phone alarms to sound at 10:02 every day to remind them to pray in agreement that the Lord would send laborers into the harvest. Thus twice a day (AM and PM) people all over the globe are praying in agreement that God will send out workers into the harvest field. A great reminder!
Spend time with those who have the outreach virus. We catch it from others more than we are taught it in a head-to-head fashion. It’s about catching outreach. You don’t so much learn about it in a classroom setting. It’s vital that we walk with those who are already fluent in outreach. Catch on as you catch it from those who have it. Better yet, let’s pray our way forward.