Pray for Five
The Talking Jesus report (www.talkingjesus.org
) provides us with an invitation and a challenge. The invitation is that one in five of the people we talk to about Jesus wants to know more. The challenge is that often we are unaware of this and so we are reluctant to talk about Jesus. Talking and listening to God in prayer helps us to prepare the way for our hearts to be changed and for conversations to take place.
Be open to talk to one in five
This person could be a member of our family, one of our friends, a neighbour, a colleague or simply a person we meet in the course of our everyday lives.
Who could that be for us?
Take some time to consider this before our Father in heaven and ask him to show you your ‘Pray for five’ names. You might find that you start with one person and add others as the Lord leads.
Prepare the way through prayer
Then let’s pray for them intentionally, by name, week by week, praying that they will discover Jesus, and for ourselves, that we will be open to sharing our lives and our story with them.
Ask God to:
prepare hearts (Luke 8:11-15)
open their spiritual eyes (2 Corinthians 4:4)
give them ears to hear (Matthew 13:15)
give them faith to believe (Acts 20:21)
Pray for ourselves to find:
ways to build caring relationships (1 Corinthians 9:22)
opportunities to witness (Colossians 4:3).
The BLESS acronym below is an easy way to Pray for Five:
— (pray for health, protection, strength, fitness)
— (pray for their work, income, financial security if retired/unemployed/studying)
— (pray for joy, peace, patience, self-control)
— (pray for marriage, family, friends, love, forgiveness)
— (pray for salvation, spiritual growth, grace, hope)
Jesus - you are Lord of every part of our lives. Our friends and family need your deep love, grace and forgiveness. We pray that we will be effective instruments for yo,u and that the good news of Jesus will be revealed to tens of thousands of people across every age group and background.
Lord Jesus, give me the confidence and love to share my story, to offer the gift of praye,r and to be salt in the places where you have put me.
Talking Jesus Prayer Call
Creative ways to Pray for Five