Examples of prayer evangelism
When Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave ( John 11:42-45 “I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I’ve spoken so that they might believe that you sent me.” Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.” That was a turnaround for many of the Jews who were with Mary. They saw what Jesus did, and believed in him”.)
The first great in gathering in human history had its origin, on the human side, in a ten days’ prayer meeting. We read of the small company of early disciples: “These all with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer” . The result of that ten days’ prayer meeting is recorded in the 2nd chapter of the Acts of the Apostles: “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”, and “there were added unto them in that day about 3,000 souls”. That awakening proved real and permanent; those who were gathered in on that greatest day in all Christian history, “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. “And the Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved”.
We went to Israel for we believed God send us there. During our stay we visited a place called “Shevet Achem” it is like a children hospital, were children and their mother are stay prior to heart surgery as well for recuperating after surgery. These children and their mother are muslems from Iran and Iraq. One of the mothers developed a tooth ache that was so severe that she could not help herself in crying. When Beulah saw her she immediately saw the opportunity for God to do something, and we all when to pray for her (she did not receive any medication). God used the opportunity, that He created, but needed us to see the opportunity and pray so that God in His majesty could work. She miraculously got healed, the pain stop immediately and she could feel the presence of God. The next day she asked to give her life to Jesus, and got baptised before her return to Iraq.
Prayer is the key to effective and creative evangelism.
John Wesley was convinced that “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” This sentiment is amplified by E.M. Bounds who states: “God shapes the world by prayer. The prayers of God’s saints are the capital stock of heaven by which God carries on His great work upon earth.” (Billheimer 1975:102).
Jesus prayer life brought Him into a working relationship with His Father in which the Father told Him the things He was to say and showed Him the things He was to do. His prayer life brought Him divine wisdom and power — wisdom to know the will of God and power to bring it about. It is no wonder that we have no record of the disciples asking Jesus to train them to preach or teach but do find where they asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Prayer is the passageway to a living and working relationship with God.
It is through prayer that we grow in our knowledge of God and of our love for Him. It is through prayer that we learn the ways of God and receive revelation of His plans. It is through prayer that we are instructed and empowered by God to co-labour with Him to accomplish His kingdom purposes in our world.
Prayer Is the Verbal Release of Faith and Faith begins where the will of God is known.
The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER, Every great awakening in the history of the Church from the time of the Apostles until today has been the result of prayer. There have been great awakenings without much preaching, and there have been great awakenings with absolutely no organization, but there has never been a true awakening without much prayer.