PREPARATION FOR EVANGELISM 1

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:19 KJV “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

I have realised that a prayerful preparation prevails perpetually. In whatever you may be doing in the name of God, it must be cooked in prayer. Christian historians state that one man who had a greater number of His converts staying in the faith was Charles Finney. (1792- 1875). It is said that about 80 percent of all those converted in his meetings maintained their faith. The great success of this minister was due to the great prayer preparation of Rev Charles Finney and his team of praying men led by one father Nash.

 Evangelism is basically a contention with devils for the souls of men. The scripture said, the God of this world blinds the minds of them that believe not.  2nd Cor 4:4. Apostle Paul again mentions about the Prince of the power of the air that works in the children of disobedience. This is referring to one personality that we contend with, when winning souls for Christ. He has an organised hierarchy of devils who do various activities all with a goal to keep the sinner lost in his or her sins.

In the light of the above, the very first requirement for winning the lost is prayer. During the ministry days of our Jesus Christ, He did not play down on His prayer life. Mark 1:35 says the Lord rose up a great while before day, He rose up to go to a solitary place and prayed. There were occasions He had to dispatch His disciples to go and rest, whiles He left to go and pray. (Matt 14:23) All these prayers were to give Him a very great impact on them who heard Him. The Lord even spent all night praying (Luke 6:12) If the master Himself prayed this way, what must we do?

As the master committed his life to a consistent time of prayer, so should we do the same. Praying for souls to be saved, is normally not a prayer of faith

Where, you ask the Lord on the basis of what he has said. and believing that, what you asked has been granted Praying for souls is a travailing and prevailing one. This is the same as what Galatians 4:19 said. “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, “The apostle meant from the verse that he had earlier prayed this way to get them saved, and had to do it a second time, so that Christ would be formed in them. This kind of prayer for souls is expressed in great passion and at times with tears unto the Lord. In the prayer for soul we challenge the blinding power of devils to be broken as well as men to be loosed from all forms of invisible prison gates. Matthew 16:18.

The call to save the lost is a very serious business and we need to attach every seriousness to it.

THOUGHT:  GOD COUNTED SOULS OF MEN SO DEAR THAT, HE HAD TO PURCHASE THEM WITH THE BLOOD OF HIS SON.

FURTHER STUDIES

Eph 2:2 KJV” Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

Galatians 4:19 KJV” My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”

Matthew 16:18 KJV” And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

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