Prayer for Outreach
1. Bind up the strong man (Spiritual Warfare)
Matthew 12:29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.”
Evangelism without organised prayer and much fasting is a waste of time…and money. Church leaders who sign up for an outreach, without organising prayer and fasting, are wasting money entrusted them by Christians. If you evangelise, without any serious prayer, and win souls, be sure that somebody else has done the hard work.
2. Wait for Jesus! (Pray)
It is important to go into battles behind, and not in front of God. Be led by the Holy Spirit.
1 Chronicles 14:15 “As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.”
3. Are your FEET READY?
…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. ..
1. Remember the feet are exposed. Remember missionaries are very vulnerable to persecution, and falling into sin. Pray for missionaries all over the world.
2. Keep moving forward (WELCOME PROGRESS, DON’T BE OLD-FASHIONED! Remember, God is not an old man!)
3. Be versatile, and understand the people you are preaching to. There is no point in trying to win a group of young people, with old-time hymns.
4. Go! where the Harvest is Ripe
Jesus told professional fishermen that He would make them Fishers of men (Matthew 4:19). Fishermen fish for money, not for fun. The purpose of evangelism is to win souls, not to feel good that we have done something for God. If an evangelical outreach does not win souls, we should be willing to acknowledge our failure, and ask God for direction (Joshua 7:6).
Hosea 11:10 …When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.
I believe the above scripture is prophetic of the times we live in. The harvest is ripe among the youth (aged 18 and below) in the West. Churches waste their funds preaching to older adults, although most people in church were saved before the age of 18. Churches that focus on bringing the word to young children through school outreach programmes, weekly kids’ clubs, youth groups, through youth alpha and vacation bible schools tend to grow. Growing churches tend to be “child-friendly”. While most churches offer good Sunday schools, churches that grow, offer good youth programmes. Remember Satan won’t pull the stops to lead these young minds to destruction; we should endeavour to get there first.
5. Don’t put stumbling blocks for the disabled
Leviticus 19:14 ” ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD”.
It is important not to mix up a message of evangelism with teaching about sanctification. The former was targeted at outsiders, and the latter at the Church. When Jesus preached the gospel to the Samaritan woman, or to the woman caught in adultery, He did NOT confront them with their sins. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit. If we try to convict men, we only stop people from turning to Christ. Teaching about immorality etc was intended for the church. Leave the unsaved to the Holy Spirit to convict about sin. God in His sovereignty chooses what each individual should repent of, before they turn to Christ (Mark 1:15). It is not for us to identify this in an individual who is turning to Christ.
6. Don’t be afraid
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,…
Pray for boldness, as even the apostle Paul (a seasoned evangelist) asked the church to pray for him.
7. Don’t be discouraged
Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Discouragement and fear are old, well-tested weapons used by Satan – don’t fall for these.
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