19 Prayers of an Evangelist

I shared this with my Disciple Night class at Central Church this past Wednesday. They are some prayers I pray as it relates to evangelism. Hopefully they will be helpful for you.

  1. Keep me from basing my standing before You on the fruitfulness of my witness (Romans 8:1).
  2. Remind me that I’m not trying to win an argument.
  3. Sear on my heart that people who are not trusting in Jesus will go to a real hell unless they hear the gospel and are saved (2 Thess 1:7-10; 5:3; Eph 5:6; Col 3:6; Rom 1:18; 5:9).
  4. Give me another opportunity.
  5. Humble me when I’m convinced it is my skill in sharing that results in people being saved (1 Cor 2:6-14).
  6. Forgive me for the times I have been ashamed of You (Rom 1:16).
  7. Show your great power to save through my feeble efforts.
  8. Make me willing to have doors slammed in my face (Acts 5:40-42; 1 Pet 4:14).
  9. Comfort me when people reject me (Ps 119:50).
  10. Help me not wait for an opportunity to force itself on me. Spur me to create opportunities (2 Cor 5:20).
  11. Give me sensitivity to your Spirit.
  12. Help me be broken over others’ sin and leave the offense up to You (Rom 12:19).
  13. Fill my mind with your Word (Ps 1:2).
  14. Remind me if I’m ashamed of You before others, You will also be ashamed of me before You (Luke 9:26).
  15. Let the lostness of people burden me so much that I can’t sleep (Ps 6:6).
  16. Give me discernment to know when to press someone or when to back off (Mt 10:16).
  17. Surprise me with how powerful You are (Gen 18:14; Num 11:23).
  18. Help me discern real fruit (Gal 5:22-24).
  19. Make Your word effective for Your purposes.
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Spurgeon on Prayer

I’ve been loving E.M. Bounds’ book On Prayer. I highly recommend it so far. In chapter 6 he quotes Spurgeon. I hope this encourages and challenges you today.

What reason can be given why we should be exempted from prayer? What argument can there be why we should be deprived of the privilege and delivered from the necessity of supplication? I can see none; can you? God will bless Elijah and send rain on Israel, but Elijah must pray for it. If the chosen nation is to prosper, Samuel must plead for it. If the Jews are to be delivered, Daniel must intercede. God will bless Paul, and the nations will be converted through him, but Paul must pray. Indeed, he did pray without ceasing; his epistles show that he expected nothing except by asking for it. If you may have everything by asking, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is, and I beseech you to abound in it.