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April 2, 2008

A prayer of encouragement to share the gospel of Christ

by Dave Malnes

God has done all the work necessary for our salvation. For those who have placed their trust and faith in Christ have been provided with both the message and the means to share the message of salvation with others.

In an age with conflicting messages, it is paramount to communicate the truth of the real gospel of Jesus Christ. Without hearing the truth of God’s Word, people cannot come to faith. Salvation begins with a sending process. God is the one who sends, and we are the ones who are sent.

In the tenth chapter of Romans it reads, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?”

It is only by the Word of God that people can come to faith. In God’s amazing wisdom, it’s hard to believe that He uses humans to declare his message of truth to the whole world. Our responsibility is simply to get the message out. 

It’s important to be reminded that we are not responsible for how people will respond to our message. If a person rejects God’s message, it’s not the messenger’s fault. So, we should not lose heart in our efforts.

With this in mind, we can pray, “Lord Jesus! This world sends all sorts of messages to hide, distract, or water down Your truth. Help me to be bold in speaking out and standing by Your truth. Give me Your confidence to speak out and not sit back and wait for someone else to say what needs to be said. Help me get Your truth out to a world that desperately needs to hear it.  By your power, Amen.”

Was this prayer helpful? Do you sometimes struggle with fear and anxiety in sharing the message of the gospel with others?

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