Prayer leaders and mobilizers are saying that there are more people praying for revival and spiritual awakening now than ever before. The Prayer Movement, over the past four decades, has gained momentum with a focus on World Evangelization. Researchers tell us that more people are coming to the Lord every day around the world than at any other time in history. Strategic level intercessory prayer is taking on new meaning in relation to the prospects of completing the Great Commission.
That being said, here are a few important questions to consider:
- What kind of prayer does God answer?
- How are so many people coming to the Lord?
- Why are so many institutional/traditional churches in the West declining?
- What will it take to reactivate the Body of Christ in the Global North?
- What can we learn from the rapidly reproducing disciple making/church planting movements in the Global South?
- Why is it that the majority of professing Christians seldom, if ever, share the Gospel or lead others to Jesus?
- What are some important lessons we can learn and apply from the Early Church and the New Testament?
These are great questions that can lead to new or different ways of thinking about and conducting church and doing ministry. Awareness is the first step to change, and sometimes, just asking the right questions can have significant impact.
On a personal level, each of us can increase our effectiveness and influence by more disciplined and specific prayer. I’ve noticed that when I pray for opportunities to share the Lord, He is always faithful to answer those prayers. In many cases He answers in the most unexpected ways. We often call those encounters “divine appointments.”
Years ago many of us were introduced to the concept of “Prayer Evangelism.” That can take on many forms of expression. For example, praying for leaders, laborers and the lost is a good place to start. Prayer journeys, prayer marches and prayer walking (neighborhoods, malls or other public places) are all activities everyone can participate in. Simply asking people how you can pray for them is a simple start to engaging in Jesus conversations. It can happen almost anywhere we connect with people and often leads to discussions about spiritual matters.
Corporate prayer, prayer meetings and prayer rallies are valuable. For several years in the Houston area, many of us have engaged in prayer summits, pastors/church leaders, prayer gatherings, prayer congresses, all-night prayer events. Some have done prayer drives around the city.
Asking questions and watching for ways to show acts of kindness works everywhere. Simply asking something like, “Do you have anyone praying for you?” is a great conversation starter. Every follower of Jesus can cultivate a “Prayer-Care-Share Lifestyle.” In relation to the “Share” part is where some training in the concepts of Orality (Bible Storying and other aspects) can provide some skills and methods that are effective anywhere, with almost anyone.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Jerry Wiles