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5. Evangelism Prayer

Draw Your Church

Evangelism PrayerThe section on Prayer in Evangelism from the Lausanne Movement states that "God's call is the heart of His saving work. We are to pray to God to do what no evangelist can do – to draw people to Himself." This statement emphasizes the evangelist's prayer.

Fishers' Prayer

"God grant that I may live to fish. Until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray. When in the Lord's safe landing net, I'm peacefully asleep. That God will judge me, good enough to keep." Amen

Church Prayer

Church PeopleHere is another prayer for the church at large, "Draw your church together, O Lord, into one great company of disciples, following our Lord Jesus Christ together into every walk of life, together serving him in his mission to the world. Together may we witness his love on every continent and island. We ask this in His name and for His sake." Amen

Go in Prayer

Sunset viewAn all-encompassing prayer from 1859 from "A Sunday Scholar's Companion Volume 5" says, "Go when the morning shines, Go when the moon is bright, Go when the day declines, Go in the hush of night. Go with deep contrite feelings, Cast earthly thoughts away, And, in thy chamber kneeling, To God in secret pray." Amen. The hymn writer base it on the Lord's Prayer and Hymn 105 from The Companion, which reads,

"Our Father, God, who art in heaven,
To thy great name be reverence given,
Thy peaceful kingdom-wide extend,
And reign, O Lord, till time shall end. Amen."

Fishing Prayer

BibleGod did not promise that we would be "fishing without catching" Luke 5.4-11 or that we would come to "an empty banquet table" Luke 15.15-23. Pray that we would not be "sowing without reaping" Matthew 13.3-9. We would not be "a fig tree that bears no figs" as Luke 13.6-9 describes it, "lost sheep not brought into the fold" in Matthew 18.11-14, or even "a lost coin that is sought but not found" as in Luke 15.8-10. Jesus did not promise us "unreaped harvests," as Matthew 9.36-38 says, or "proclamation without response" as Matthew 10.14. ✞

Good News

JesusHere is one of my favorite Scottish prayers. "Lord, make us not like porridge, thick and stodgy, but like cornflakes, crisp and ready to serve." Here is another special prayer for the Church Army's work in the U.K and around the world. It reads, "We pray for a special blessing on all the Officers of the Church Army as a society of evangelists within the Anglican Communion as they seek to enable many people to come to a living faith in Jesus Christ."

Pray for All Evangelists

EvangelistsHere is a prayer for all who have received God's unique call to be an evangelist. "Holy Spirit, empower all to whom you have given the gift of evangelism, that they may boldly tell the Good News, that those who are without hope may find hope, those who feel worthless may find their true worth, those who are friendless may find friendship, those who are loveless may find love and beauty in you. May all find their true destiny in fellowship with the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Amen.

Honesty Holiness Integrity

Canada flagFinally, here is a special prayer for integrity, honesty, holiness, and dedication in the Church Army society and all churches and Christians today. "Not merely in the words you say, Not only in your deeds confessed, But most unconsciously, Is Christ expressed." May we all be conscious of the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives at all times and in every place and strive to live holy lives pleasing to Jesus Christ himself. 1 Peter 1.15-16 says, "as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because the Bible says, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" "'Be holy' said Jesus 'as I am holy.'"

"Evangelism Prayer"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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