by Richard L. Burguet •
Last Sunday I challenged us to pray for one particular person in our circle of relationships who does not yet know the Savior. It was a direct application of 1 John 1:1-4, and our fellowship with Jesus, compelling us to tell others about Him. God has sovereignly placed you in the lives of those who desperately need Christ, and He has invited you to be a part of His plan to reach the lost.
Here is the simple idea from a Biblical context… Colossians 4:2-6
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Paul says to the members of the Church at Colossae that they should pray so that they would know how to answer each person that they encountered who did not know Jesus. I think our struggle with outreach is that we take one of two extremes. The first is to do nothing. Maybe we fear a negative response or maybe we do not have a meaningful enough relationship with an unbeliever to have a spiritual conversation—either way we end up being silent and doing nothing, as our friend continues on a path apart from our Father’s love.
The other struggle we sometimes have is to overwhelm a friend, by charging into someone’s life and backing up the “gospel dump-truck” and dumping the whole load—ready or not! We drive people away by doing that. It may not be the gospel that offends our friend—just the fact that we have made an uncaring evangelistic raid into their lives.
What I want to suggest to us is that we make ourselves available to God’s Holy Spirit. Allow Him to direct us to just one person that we would be praying for and loving. Not a project, but a person who we love, and know, and into whose lives we let the gospel “rub against.” One other person that you will intentionally pray for and love on this year! There is no pressure in that, is there?
Print this page out and put their initials right here _________. Stick this sheet somewhere so that you begin to pray daily for them, and look for concrete ways to love them. Let’s let God’s Holy Spirit begin His work of using us to lead others to Jesus!