“Humility lies at the heart of the true soul-winner, because he recognizes God’s involvement in the process. God must “open a door.”
“One of the most important lessons I have learned about witnessing – Humility!”
3/4 aspects to praying:
~ We must be praying for a burden for the lost.
~ We must ask God to fill our mouths with His words.
~ We must ask God to grant us wisdom to answer all of the unbeliever’s objections and questions.
1. Colossians 4:2-6:
2. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
~ Col. 4 is powerful because it is a Scriptural prayer and because when you pray it, you pray in accordance with the will of God.
~ We need to pray specific prayers also.
2. Ephesians 6:18-20:
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
~ Note that Paul prayed specifically for boldness.
(Acts 4:29,31: And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, And when they had prayed … and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.)
~ Praying these prayers will lead to you becoming a more effective witness for Jesus Christ. You will find that your normal daily conversations with people will naturally become about Jesus Christ.
“Personal witnessing God’s way (fervent prayer) will become your normal thoughts as you speak with them.”
“Also, please note that these conversations were very natural and normal.”
“The Word of God quoted during personal witnessing has a profound impact upon the unbeliever.”
“I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” ~ Exodus 4:12
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” ~ Jer. 1:9
“my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth …” ~ Isaiah 59:21
Where most witnessing techniques fail:
~ “Techniques rely on man, the depth of his kn*, and the extent of his abilities, to open the door to witnessing opportunities.”
~ We need to be able to recognize opportunities.
~ Be ready to pass out the NT. You will be amazed at the number of doors God will open when you pray and are prepared to give them His Word.
~ What works at one time may not work at another time.
~ What does this verse say to you? What do you think that God is trying to say?
~ Who is Jesus?
~ When sharing the Gospel, never be in a hurry.
~ When people do not give the right answer to a Scripture interpretation question, do not correct them. Show them another verse and ask them what they think the verse is saying – once again.
~ Make sure to review the Gospel with the unbeliever.
~ Praying with the unbeliever is a point where ppl get weak. Don’t.
Commitment is the ability to carry out a worthy cause beyond the inspiration of the moment.
Pray at traffic lights.
“One day a man was handing out tracts on a street corner. An angry unbeliever grabbed the tract and tore it into pieces. He threw it back at the Christian, along with some vocal obscenities, and stormed down the road. That night, when he was preparing for bed, he found a small piece of the tract that had been caught in his belt. The piece said simply, “and God said.” “God said What?” he wondered. This haunted him for days. Finally, one day, he found that Christian and asked him for another one of those tracts. He found out what God had said and received Jesus Christ as Savior that day.”