Week 20 Devotion – Prayer and Evangelism
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people” 1 Timothy 2:1
In life when we know it’s time to get stuff done, it’s easy to make a plan and run with it. As well intentioned as we might be, sometimes we may let ambition take over only to soon find that we are getting ahead of ourselves. Before we take off, it’s necessary to pause and do one simple thing. A wise man once put it like this, “you can do more than pray after you have prayed.”
In 1 Timothy chapter 2 verse1, Paul begins by admonishing Timothy to pray. Prayer is central to the role that He will carry out as a young leader in the church. However, this admonition to pray is not for self-gain, or self-development but it is directed towards other people. In fact, it is to be done for ALL people and is indiscriminate.
As believers called to evangelize, we must prioritize praying for the people we aim to reach just as Jesus sought time to pray in solitude before He set out for public ministry (Mark 1:35). Whether we experience our intended expectations or not, prayer should underscore everything we do. Regardless of the outcomes, prayer will prepare us for the encounters we are going to have. Moreover, prayer must be a constant, regular practice of ours. In this way, the desire to see souls saved will lead us to petition God for those confessions, repentance, and conversions. Be it for people in positions of power, or our next door neighbour, we will be best equipped to win souls once we have submitted our mission to God.
Likewise, prayer will help us recharge and refresh so we can stay committed to the assignment (Jude 1:20). Prayer will put us in the right headspace in order for us to wholeheartedly devote ourselves and focus on the task at hand (Philippians 4:6-7). And, prayer will confirm that we are led by the Spirit in our exchanges of words (Romans 8:27). Through prayer, we actively partner with God and acknowledge that we are not solely relying on our own abilities to win souls. And, in the event that we become discouraged or overwhelmed due to persecution Matthew 5:44), prayer will help us overcome the temptation to give up on the mandate and forfeit our efforts.
A loving evangelist is a prayerful one.
Whose salvation can you pray for today?
Father God, thank You for the ability to communicate with You through prayer. God, I pray for each person I interact with through evangelism, and I pray that God it would be You speaking through me as I share the gospel. I thank You for not abandoning me in this mission and allowing me to be successful. In Jesus name, Amen.
By Deborah Nimoh