It's been a long time since I've written anything here. Someday I'll tell why I don't write so often, but it does have a lot to do with the people I minister to, not only those who attend the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church, but the many people that are part of my personal "Evangelism 360." I want to focus on what I have found so important: I'm learning to pray for all those in the circle surrounding my life in all the places I live, work, shop, or regularly visit. The number of people is large! I want to reach them all, but I know that isn't easy. But one thing I can do is to PRAY for as many of them as I can and that is what I refer to as "Prayer 360." I know that if I'm going to have any kind of effective witness to any of them, I NEED TO PRAY FOR THEM!
I've already started Prayer Walks in these places. Sometimes it will be a "Drive-by Prayer Time" because I can't always take the time to walk. But I pray for the souls of men, women, young people, and children that they would come to know my Savior.
One thing in particular I am learning to pray about is that God would give to these dear people a hunger for Him! I pray that they will be like Cornelius in Acts 10 who was searching for God and God heard his prayer. I ask God to give people a "searching heart" for Him because I know His promise in Jeremiah 29:13, "They that search for Me with all their heart will find Me." And that's what happened to Cornelius.
I also remember that Jesus said in Luke 19:10, "The Son of Man has come to SEEK and to save that which is lost." (Emphasis mine). So, I pray for Jesus to seek out these folks that I want to come to Christ. I'm asking Him to give them a desire to know Him, even if it isn't quite as clear as that in their hearts. Some, they just want to get things right with God before they die. Some will want to clear up a bad situation and they believe God can help them. However it happens I'm asking God in my PRAYER 360 to cause people to hunger for Him.
God is answering that prayer!!! I've had people come to me or call me and tell me they are wondering how they can either get right with God or how they can get help from God. They are coming to me because Jesus has touched their hearts, in part, due to my prayers for them to want God in their lives! And, yes, I believe others are in prayer for them too. I'm just glad to see God moving as we pray.
If you want to practice EVANGELISM 360, remember COURTESY 360 is a great way to start. But, please remember PRAYER 360. Pray for ALL those around you in every situation you find yourself. Pray that God will work in their hearts as only He can. And watch for the answers!! I'll share more about this as I continue to see God tugging at the hearts of those in my 360.