Leading your church to pray for their personal evangelism efforts may not be as easy as you think. I have found that people bring their own agendas to the prayer meeting and it becomes easy for the prayer meeting to be hi-jacked. Here, I want to offer to you a simple guideline for an evangelistic prayer meeting.
1. In the name of Jesus Christ invite the Holy Spirit to lead the prayer group.
We are Christian believers who pray in Jesus name. We need to remind ourselves of this regularly.
Asking the Holy Spirit to lead the prayer group helps us from keeping our agenda from taking control.
2. Offer a time of praise and worship of Jesus Christ.
Worship is where we connect with the Father’s heart.
Praising God for his works, thanking God for making a relationship with Him possible, and declaring one to another the marvelous works of the Lord strengthens our faith and reminds us to always be watching for God’s activity in our life.
3. Lead in a time of confession and prayer ministry with one another.
This may be a time to deal with any issues in the group.
Confession of sins or burdens clears the way to receiving guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Conclude with prayers for one another, absolution and passing the peace.
4. Report on what God is doing.
Here the members of the team will briefly share any evangelism conversations they may have experienced or opportunities they may have missed.
Reflect upon and give thanks for these.
It may be that the Spirit will lead the team to pray for each one of your group and those to whom they have been given the opportunity to share the gospel.
5. Move into Intercession
The following may be helpful:
Pray according to Jesus’ commands: Pray thy Kingdom come.
In addition, pray that God the Father will send laborers. Ask God to show you specifically where His Kingdom is to come. Ask God specifically who the laborers are whom He is raising up. Be ready to be one of them!
Go through Paul’s list of ways of praying for evangelism. Linger on any of these that seem especially important for your situation.
One by one, with the whole group agreeing in prayer, lift up the names of those who have been given to the individuals in the group to be prayed into salvation. (A list should be kept by the leader of who these people are – this could be done by the whole group or in small groups.)
6. Discern open doors for the gospel.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the open doors in the community, the church, the world and in individuals for the gospel.
7. Ask God to reveal any blocks to the gospel message in these situations or people.
8. Ask the Lord what you or the team are being called to do.
9. Discern together what God is saying
God speaks to us through Scripture. For those of us who believe in the ongoing work of Spiritual gifts and the guidance given by the holy Spirit, we may need to talk about impressions, leadings, visions, prophetic words, or by consensus of the group as part of that discernment. Keep a record of this guidance.
10. Pray for this guidance
Ask God for steps in implementation. Write these down as they are revealed for further discernment, prayer and implementation. These may later be taken to the church leadership for approval and implementation.
11. Conclude the meeting with praise and giving glory to Jesus Christ.
Note: The eleven steps above were first presented in a manual on personal evangelism through PRMI’s Phillip Endeavor.
That has been further refined and developed in the Evangelism Dunamis.
Photo Credit: I’m not sure where I got the original photo. I’d like to give credit when I find the photo.