Prayer aligns us with the work of God and allows us the privilege of participating in His unfolding plan. Certainly we need to pray for evangelism and the spread of the gospel. For example, Paul often exhorted the believers to pray for his witness to others (Colossians 4:3,4), even as he prayed for the salvation of his own people (Romans 10:1).
In culture today there has come an openness to prayer as a common spiritual experience. The majority of people today claim prayers as part of their regular way of life. Though there is great divergence in whom they pray to and how they pray, the act of prayer can be common ground. In light of these realities, many have discovered prayer to be an effective means of outreach-praying not only for evangelism, but also prayer as evangelism. So, we encourage you and those in your Impact chapter to make prayer a daily part of your lives and start your evangelism outreaches with prayer.
Feet to Faith
Set aside one hour per week to pair up with others from your Impact Movement to share the gospel with students on campus. Develop a survey (see our example) and use The Passage to share the gospel with people who want to hear about a relationship with Christ.
You see the tables on campus advertising everything from a cool summer internship to the latest way to accumulate high consumer debt. Why not set up a table asking your fellow undergrads if they’d like prayer? Students at LSU did just that. They set up a table in front of the student union and took prayer requests. Students could stop by, grab a prayer card, jot down their name and prayer request, and even note if they wanted someone to follow up with them. Many people shared significant concerns. You can do the same on your campus. Arrange to have a table in the student union, or another high visibility spot on campus and hang a banner asking for prayer requests.
Organize a prayer circle on campus and invite other Christian organizations to join with you to pray for the needs of your campus and community.
Group prayer was a characteristic of the early Christians and the Old Testament characters also participated in group prayer. It’s important for believers to gather together and pray with one another. Remember that the purpose of your prayer time is to communicate with God. It’s not merely a ritual to get done or for preaching at each other. During conversational prayer group members should talk to God as they would talk to a friend. Encourage the group (especially a group unfamiliar with group prayer) to feel free to pray sentence prayers. Everyone is free to pray, or not to pray, as the Spirit directs. Don’t worry about silence. Allow God to speak to everyone in the group during times of silence. For more info about group prayer, click here.