Category: Encouragement

Witness Well

A prayer to be open in sharing God’s Word with others

Coming to a saving faith in Christ Jesus usually involves a process. There is so much going on behind the scenes of one’s heart and soul that we don’t know or see. Someone could be praying for a friend or a loved over a long period of time. In what seems like a random encounter of sharing the gospel, becomes a divine appointment. The Lord uses a soul to answer a question, provide an example, or simply offers words of encouragement from God’s Word. That could be the moment where faith springs up from a dormant seed planted years ago.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

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God can use many people to open hearts to the message of the gospel. There is a process of sowing and there is a process of reaping. We are not the only instrument of God’s work. Like a full orchestra, there are a variety of instruments needed to play the sweet song of grace. So, we should not exalt ourselves in our particular role, nor feel discouraged in our lack of reaping. We just need to be humbly open and willing to play any part of the process.

Our prayer can be, “Lord Jesus, as part of Your body, I work together with other Christians everywhere for Your good purposes and for Your glory. We each have different functions or roles, but it is through Your Spirit’s lifeblood working through believers that people come to faith in You. Remind me that I don’t work alone as You have made me part of Your body. Help me live this truth as I work together with all Christians towards Your common goal – bringing others to a life with You.  Amen.”

A prayer to help me be wise in my conversations with others

It seems that people today are more interested in how a Christian walks rather than what they talk. This means that those who profess a faith in Christ are being carefully observed by the world. Sinful words and actions can built a major roadblock to unbelieving souls. Hypocrisy is a leading cause for people to turn away from the truth of God’s Word.

A servant’s heart is willing to used by God to transmit the message of reconciliation found only in the gospels. They are open to opportunities the Lord provides uniquely for them. For this reason, Christians are encouraged by the following words,

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let you conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  (Colossians 4:6)

This verse says to “make the most” or better translated, to “redeem our time” while interacting with outsiders. This thought seems to imply a cost associated with sharing God’s Word with others.

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For many of us, the most valuable commodity we own is our time.  We can redeem our time wisely by conversing with outsiders, building a bridge of trust and using words seasoned with salt. We can be agents of influence by being careful in what we say and how we say it. Through speaking the truth in love in association with lives and attitudes reflecting the love of Christ, we can make the most of every opportunity.

And many times, we are not even aware of those opportunities.

We can pray, “Lord, I know others are closely watching me as Your child. Help me live my life in a way that reflects You. That way, when I share You with others in conversations, they will trust what I say to be true. Lord, I want to be salt and light in this world – I want my words to be full of grace for You. Let others see You in me. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.”

A Prayer to be a Bold Witness for Christ

Sharing God’s Word with others is a daunting task. Competing truths, busyness, and distractions add up to what seemingly is a disinterested public towards spiritual matters. When including our own fear and weaknesses, we must acknowledge our need to rely on God for His power and strength. Like the great Christian missionaries of old, we must rely on prayer to embolden us to be his witnesses. Through prayer, we take the focus off ourselves and place it entirely on God. As a result, our hearts respond with thanksgiving for all God has done and continues to do for us.

“Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.”  (Psalm 9:11)

This outpouring of a thankful heart is like spring water falling over a rocky ledge. The law of gravity is a force beyond our control. A thankful heart is like spring water — it can not help but pour into our daily lives. This natural flow of words and actions becomes our witness as we communicate to all people the good news of God’s salvation through Christ Jesus. It’s an attitude of praise as we confidently make known to all people God’s great victory on behalf of us.

We can boldly come before the Lord and pray

“Lord, You are God Almighty! We love You and thank You for Your many blessings. We thank You most for Your love and salvation. May our thankfulness overflow from our hearts with songs of praise. Remove any obstacles that might hinder this flow, and may we share these songs with others through our lives and through our words. Thank you, Jesus!   Amen.”