Recently I’ve posted the steps to develop a daily plan for a lifestyle of witness. As I said at the outset, I don’t think these are “the” steps as if mine are the correct ones and others aren’t. I have found these steps help to develop a daily focus on sharing Christ. You can read all of them in order by reading the first post, the second, the third, and the fourth. Here is the fifth and final step:
Finally, pray daily for your witness and for those to whom you will witness. This is spiritual work; nothing can substitute for prayer.
In the beginning of the Sharing Jesus book I encourage the reader to begin praying daily this simple prayer: “God, give me the opportunity to witness, the wisdom to see it, and the courage to take it.”
You can’t evangelize effectively on a consistent basis without prayer. Witnessing is spiritual warfare. How can prayer help us? Here are a few ways.
Pray for Boldness to Witness (see Acts 4:24–31). When the early church faced her first persecution, they didn’t pray for God to take away their adversaries. They prayed for boldness. This is a biblical prayer.
Pray in the Spirit’s Power. In Ephesians 6, Paul followed his discussion of the armor of God with a request for believers to pray for bold proclamation of the gospel (Eph 6:18–20). Prayer is seen as an indispensable part of the armor of God as is the Word, the sword of the Spirit. Paul exhorted the Ephesians to pray for “utterance,” or parrhesia, which means an openness to share the gospel. This is the expression translated “boldness” in Acts 4:29, 31. Paul was in prison as he wrote these words, asking for courage to share Christ.
Pray in Faith. The question is not, “Do you believe in prayer?” Most people do. The question is, “Do you pray believing?” What are you asking God to do that will stretch your faith, that brings him into the mix. Sharing Christ in a godless culture like ours is serious, spiritual work. Faith is like a muscle, it has to be exercised. I encourage you to begin asking God to use you for his great gospel work.