When You Accidentally Evangelize Through Prayer
This past month, I prayed every day for someone else. Something interesting happened when I really starting listening to the Spirit when it came to who to pray for: that person actually needed prayer.
Four different days, I contacted someone who happened to be sick that day. I contacted someone once when it was her birthday, unbeknownst to me. Another person I contacted happened to be praying at that exact moment and asking God to help in a certain situation.
Some of the people I prayed for were not Christian. In all of my interactions though, I could give the glory to God when that person wanted to know why I had contacted them right then. It built my faith and it built theirs, whether they had a faith in God or not.
I so often think of evangelism being the four spiritual laws or a tract or some sort of “program.” But, it can also be praying for someone God puts on your heart and giving God the glory in that. I’m still sharing about God. It’s just over a text, which is easier for a momma who has trouble getting out of the house because of multiple different nap times, weather, and a baby who currently has the sniffles.
We can’t pigeonhole God into a one fit all method. He is kinda a little bit, ok a huge bit, bigger than my ideas of how He is going to work.
Speaking about how the Spirit is whispering to us can be a bit nerve wracking depending on your background. We come from a lot of different ideas on how He works and doesn’t work. Unfortunately, things can get rather ugly when we Christians talk about the the Spirit. Talking about Jesus can get divisive with non-Christians. Talking about the Spirit can be divisive within our own family.
Yet, I don’t think we have to be this way. We should challenge what we think we are hearing from God. We need to be cautious when we speak into another person’s heart and life about what “God has said to us.” But, there is no need to be cautious when you tell someone God has put them on your heart and you want to pray for them.
So take a minute, ask God who needs prayer today, and contact them (I often said, “Hey, I know this is random, but you were just on my mind. Is there anything I can pray for you today?”). If they ask why, and they won’t always, then give God the glory, even if you happen to feel awkward talking about God with that person. There is nothing to feel awkward about when God is the one who did it all anyway.
Who is the Spirit putting on your heart to pray for today? What are you waiting for? Contact them.