Recently, in our teaching series, Disciplined Part 5, we talked about the discipline of “Sharing our Faith.” The Apostle Paul taught Philemon, “I pray that you would be active in sharing your faith, so thatyou will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” Philemon 1:6 I.e., we share our faith so that it helps us understand our faith. It’s one of the great paradoxes of discipleship! If we want to become mature it can only happen when we share our faith. But how?
To make this simple, here is a simple “Prayer Target Card” you can use:
And it’s super easy: Write out a list of 12 people that you can target in prayer. Before we talk to people about God, we must talk to God about people. So, pick 12 people who you regularly interact with. From your workplace to your relatives. Think about the 50 or so unchurched people you regularly interact with. Then, think about “divine chemistry.” Which of these fifty feel distinctly open? Or, who are 12 people you feel burdened to pray for?
After you list them, begin praying for these five things:
- Pray that the father would draw them:
Jesus said: “No one can come unto me unless the Father who sent me draws them (Jn. 6:44).So pray that the Father heart of God would be revealed.
- Pray that their “Spiritual Blinders” would be removed.
2 Cor. 4:4 “The god of this age [the devil] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ…” I.e., We don’t pray that they’d make the decision we simply pray they’d have the clearness of sight to make the decision!
- Loose the spirit of adoption: (Sonship)…
Romans 8:15 teaches that, God didn’t adopt us into a religion. He adopted us into a family! He doesn’t want us to merely become “Christians.” He wants us to become Children of God! I.e., God’s not calling us to a system of Do’s & Don’ts but rather, a relationship that causes us to say: “Daddy! I’m home!” Make sense Everybody?
- Pray for Christians to cross their paths & enter into positive relationships with them.
“Ask the lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest field.” Luke 10:2
- Pray to “loose the spirit of wisdom and revelation that they may know God”
Check this Out. Paul writes in Eph 1:17 “I keep asking that…God…may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” I.e., If we want to know God, then ask God for his Spirit of wisdom & revelation.
So, let’s be faithful to target people with the blessings of God. And over time, let’s watch and be amazed over all that God will do.