Who wouldn’t be
“more comfortable inviting a Starbuck’s Barista to a manure shoveling party than to church?”
So write this blogger in God Answered My Prayer Within Hours.
All of us have fears of sharing our faith, which he describes pretty well.
I’m not like this at all. I’m timid and I hate awkward situations. I’m not a big fan of rejection. I would be more comfortable inviting a Starbuck’s Barista to a manure shoveling party than to church. But I desperately want to grow. I hate my fear of man that keeps me from proclaiming the glories of Christ crucified to a dying and desperate world. I hate my sinful timidity. I want God-given, unnatural, gospel-preaching boldness.
Conquer the Evangelism Fear through Prayer
One key to breaking through that evangelism fear is prayer.
When we pray, we seem to notice
- more divine appointments or opportunities to share our faith,
- the people around us, and
- witnessing opportunities that fall right into our lap.
Prayer softens us, and prepares us to see God’s activity.
Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch gives us a model of noticing who God is underlining for us.
The Spirit told Phillip: “Go, stand next to that chariot.” Praying prepares us to notice who God brings in our path.
Let me ask you this?
Take a moment and pray for the people that you will encounter today. Ask the Lord to make it clear when He points out where He is at work.