Presentation on theme: "Build One Another Winning Souls for The Lord Prayer and Evangelism."— Presentation transcript:
1Build One AnotherWinning Soulsfor The LordPrayer and Evangelism
2Prayer and Evangelism“A church that strives to evangelize its community without saturating its efforts in prayer is like a race car driver that jumps into a car at the starting line and discovers that the tank has not been filled with gas.”George Barna, Evangelism that Works
3Prayer and Evangelism“The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER.” - R.A. Torrey “...Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons -- but they are helpless against our prayers.” – J. Sidlow Baxter
4Prayer and Evangelism Prayer for evangelism is Biblical 1st Timothy 2:1-4Romans 10:1-2Colossians 4:3-4Prayer prepares the heart of the witness- Eph. 6:18-19Prayer prepares the heart of the receiver- 2 Cor. 4:3-4Use illustration of farming and First Gulf War bombing campaign for bullet point three
5Prayer and Evangelism Prayer for Christian Witnesses Pray that the Lord would send laborers into His harvest - Luke 10:1-2Pray that the Lord would send opportunities for you to witnessPray that the Lord would give you boldness to witness – Acts 1:8Pray that the Lord would give you clarity to present the gospel
6The Spiritual Realm Acts 16:16-22 and 1 Peter 5:8-9 Devil is seeking to hinder us from witnessing.1 John 2:13-14We have victory over the Devil in Jesus Christ.Philippians 4:13We can do all things through Jesus.
7Prayer and the Holy Spirit Effective witnessing depends on the role and work of the Holy Spirit.Prayer is the key to soul winning.Prayer is petitioning God to work in the lives of lost and the witness.It is the avenue by which God’s power flows.E.M. Bounds wrote, “That prayer…helps the mouth to utter the truth in its fullness and freedom”.
8Prayer and the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit uses those who are available. - Isa 6:8Romans 10: Others cannot hear nor believe unless someone proclaims Jesus.Acts 1:8 - The Spirit will empower you to speak the gospel to others.
9Casting the Net The Spirit will impress upon you with whom to witness. Acts 8 - The Spirit led Phillip to go to the desert and witness.Jesus our Fish Finder: Luke 5: Jesus will show you where to fish.Since He is the guide He is responsible for you catching the fish.
10Prayer for the Lost People apart from Jesus Christ are… LOST – Matthew 15:24; 18:11BLIND – 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4BOUND – 2nd Timothy 2:25-26; Ephesians 2:2CONDEMNED – John 3:18; Ephesians 2:3UNDER GOD’S WRATH – John 3:36HELPLESS – John 6:44, 65; Ephesians 2:1HOPELESS – Ephesians 2:12
11Have a HEART H E A R T S Praying for the Lost Use the acrosticHEARTSPraying for the LostPray for receptive Hearts(Luke 8:5-15)Pray for their spiritual Eyes & Earsto be opened.(Matt. 13:15; 2 Cor. 4:3-4)Pray for unbelievers to have & understand God’s Attitude toward sin. (John 16:8)
12Have A HEARTUse the acrosticHEARTSPray for the lost to be Released from barriers and strongholds that hinder faith. (2 Tim. 2:25-26)Pray for unbelievers to experience a Transforming life in Christ. (Rom. 12:1-2)Pray for the Lord to Send believers to witness to lost persons. (Matt. 9:35-38)
13Remember When Praying For Lost People, Always… Pray daily and diligentlyPray for them by namePresent them to the Father in Jesus’ namePray for God’s kindness and mercy to be evident in their lives (Romans 2:4)Pray that God would remove any false sense of security they may be relying on.
14RememberWhen praying for lost people, always…Ask God to bring them a sense of conviction through the Holy Spirit(John 16:8)Ask God to exercise mercy and grace in their lives
15Many Ways to Pray Ways to pray for lost people… Heaven’s most wanted listsPrayer meetingPrayer chainsPrayer groupsPrayer roomsPrayer walking
16ApplicationAPPLICATION ACTIVITY: Look at the Operation Celebration tract you received. Take a few moments to think about lost people in your circle of influence. List their names in the spaces provided inside the tract. Pray for them using the principles you have just learned. Continue to pray for them daily until each one becomes a Christ Follower.
17Prayer Walking What is Prayer Walking? A Lifestyle of Unceasing Prayer Walking While PrayingIntentional Prayer Toward the Great CommissionSpiritual Warfare PrayerVision-Oriented PrayerPrayer Walking Materials by Dr. Chris Schofield
18Prayerwalking What is Prayerwalking’s Purpose? Intimacy with God through RelationshipGen 3; John 15:16a; Matt 6:9-13Join God’s Redemptive WorkJohn 15:16b; Rom 10:1-2; 1 Tim 2:1-4; Luke 19:10Strategic PrayerMark 2;1-20; Acts 4:23-33
19Divine Encounters Be prepared to Share Christ (Acts 8:26-40) Phillip and the EunuchGospel tractsUse the gospel plan in the back of the PWMS booklet
20Preparing To Prayerwalk Personal preparation (pgs )Pray in repentance and faithPray for God’s Spirit to search your heartConfess and forsake all known sinPray for sensitivity to God’s workPray for open doors to share JesusPray for spiritual eyes to pray strategicallyStrategic/logistical preparation
21Taking the Prayerwalk Cover the prayerwalk in focused prayer Select date, time and locationProvide specific training for the prayerwalkMap out strategic areaMeet together before the prayerwalkUtilize field and support teamsMeet after the prayerwalk to Share ResultsClose in specific prayer
22Practical Tips Keep your eyes open Pray Biblical Prayers Pray aloud as much as possibleAllow the Spirit to direct your prayersPray conversationallyWalk slowlyWear appropriate clothingTake local church contact information
23Practical TipsPray toward the removal of spiritual blinders—People’s needs are primaryTry not to do things that draw attention to yourselfLook for witnessing opportunitiesAvoid excessive picture takingKeep water bottles on handFocus praying on God and people
24Three Ways to Focus Your Prayers Pray according to what you KNOWPeople, community, areaPray according to what you SEEPray as the Holy Spirit INSPIRES
25Final Considerations Use the Biblical prayer prompts in this booklet Prayerwalk anytime you are walkingPrayerwalk as familiesPrayerwalk your work areaPrayerwalk neighborhoods and stronghold areasPrayerwalk your school, college, universityTake a prayer journey in another community, city, state or nation.
26“Are we not getting weary of living in this world among so many who are going to hell? Is it not terrible to think that after all the church is doing, thousands are being lost every day? We ought to bestir ourselves for men’s souls, and we cannot do better for them than by praying for them. Let us, therefore, bestir ourselves in prayer.” - Spurgeon
27Preparing for Tomorrow PrayerDaily devotional timePhysical restClothingChristian tee-shirt, Christian hatJeans or pants – no shortsComfortable walking shoes
28Preparing for Tomorrow Other essentialsBack pack or fanny packBibleBottled waterSunscreenBreath mints