When Jesus was walking on the earth with His disciples, He often challenged them with the concepts of the Kingdom of God that flew in the face of the natural course of thinking. We see that Jesus entrusted much to His disciples and He chose to entrust those who would betray Him with the gift of His presence, teaching and walking in His power. He taught His disciples to pray and to proclaim in such a way that people were drawn to have personal encounters with God that ultimately changed the face of history.
One concept that is permeating the New Testament is the concept of Prayer Evangelism. This phrase was coined by Ed Silvoso and is taken from Jesus’ instruction to His disciples in Luke 10:1-20 on how to reach cities, and prepare them for Jesus to enter into them. We also see Paul exhort Timothy in this practice in 1Timothy 2:1-4. With Prayer Evangelism there is a reality of compassion for the city and a heart that is willing to see all come to know God.
Simply, Prayer Evangelism is talking to God about your neighbors before talking to your neighbors about God. This is where the desire to see change in your family, neighborhood and workplace begins to take form. You are the only one who can ask God to bless the people that you come in contact with in that moment. God is longing to partner with those who are willing to bless. Here are the principles as we see them in action in Luke 10.
Bless and pray a blessing – (v. 5) Allow blessing to be your primary response and primary tool to build relationship, repair relationship, and to allow God’s peace to enter into the lives you come in contact with. Praying a blessing at a distance will open up heavenly doors for those you pray for.
Fellowship with them – (v. 7)No matter where people are at with God or how we may disagree with anyone, we cannot bless or minister without being willing to ask questions and get to know people. Whether it’s a coffee break or having people over for a meal, fellowship empowers us to show them who Christ is.
Minister to felt needs – (v.9a)As you fellowship and bless, you will often hear what is on a per-son’s heart. The things that are important to them, no matter what we think about them, are important to God. In those moments of vulnerability and trust, invite God to come in to minister to that felt need as only God can. Then listen to what Holy Spirit may direct you to do to minister to them as well.
Proclaim the Kingdom has come near to you – (v.9b) When the need is met by God either through the supernatural provision of God or through the people of God, we are able to tell people with a demonstration of His love, how much God loves them, and provided a way for them to know the God who loved them enough to meet their need. We proclaim the Kingdom of God has come near and ask if they want to get in!
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