Witnessing Tip For Pastors – #1 | The Power Of Prayer

Depending upon where you live on planet Earth, witnessing for Jesus Christ can range from relatively easy to risking death. I am still amazed why people get mad when you say that you are from such and such church and you want to share some things about Jesus Christ with them. Sometimes the animosity which surfaces can be very discouraging, but we must remember that people are held by the cords of their sins. One can expect spiritual opposition to appear when you share the gospel of Jesus Christ and it can take various forms. In spite of it all, witnessing for our Lord Jesus can be a rewarding and pleasant experience!

(Psalms 126:5-6Psalms 126:5-6
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. joy: or, singing 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. precious...: or, seed basket  

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) “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  (KJV)

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Witnessing Tip #1

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(Ephesians 3:20Ephesians 3:20
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  

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) “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”  (KJV)

One of the simplest things a soul winner can do to help him/her be a better witness is prayer. In fact, one should never leave their home to witness without much time given to meaningful prayer. Prayer made for wisdom, leadership on who to speak with, tact, whit, occasional humor, spiritual discernment, boldness, safety, and conviction are just a few of the things a committed soul winner will ask God for.
God the Holy Ghost, is the only person that can add weight to the testimony of one sharing the gospel. Thought often tried, this weight cannot be imitated by the flesh. The more one is in tune with God’s Spirit, the more effective one can be. This is only accomplished through praying. Again, it suffices to say that if you want to be a better witness, then you must put more time and effort into prayer before you leave your house.
By way of conclusion, an example is in order. While in rural Georgia a few years ago, I was canvasing an area for a local church. I prayed that God would use me before I left the church. After covering quite a bit of territory, I came across a man that did not know he needed a visit.
This fellow was a bit taken back by me showing up. He was somewhat argumentative, but knowledgeable of what I was there to do. Not long into our conversation I realized that I needed to become more bold and blunt. Normally this is not needed, but I felt the Holy Ghost leading me this way.
He was sharing his history with various denominations and types of churches when God gave me something to say. I said, “Sir, God thought enough of you to send me here and give you another chance to get saved!” My statement came on the heels of his remark that I should not waste my prayers on him. As he kept making excuses, I kept coming back to my statement each time. Along with my plea, I shared a few Bible verses.
The man did not accept Christ on that day, but several things were sown in his heart and I believe the Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to draw him in. By no means do I feel this man was offended by me and my God-given boldness. I really think he was impressed by my looking him in his eye and testifying for Jesus. God had his attention that day and if he is not yet saved, I feel that he probably will be in the future.

Simply put, prayer made the difference that day. If I had not been watchful in prayer before those visits, then I believe that I would have left that man’s house too early. I felt the Lord’s presence that afternoon! Remember to PRAYbefore you witness!

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Originally posted 2011-02-18 10:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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