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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 2, Chapter 2

How To Pray
Before Going On The Field

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Jesus taught to give and that as you do it will be given to you. Over the past forty-three years as I have given of myself and my time to Evangelism, Jesus has given back to me. That is what all my books and writings are: Jesus’ insights and gifts to me concerning Evangelism. But along with the insights He has given me in how to Evangelize, He has also given me insights on how to pray before I go out on the field for greatest effectiveness and success in witnessing while on the field. This is what I would like to share with you now in this chapter.

Aside from training and study to prepare yourself for Evangelism, you need to cover the following things in prayer before you go out to battle:

  1. Approach Jesus Through Worship and Praise

  2. Pray Against Satanic Forces

  3. Pray For for the Armor of God

  4. Pray for the covering of Jesus Blood

  5. Pray for the Protection of His Warrior Angels.

  6. Pray For Restraint over Present Authorities.

  7. Pray and Ask Jesus to Prepare the Person(s) for the Message of His Love and Forgiveness Through You

  8. Pray for Privacy and no Distractions.

  9. Pray that the Person Experiences Jesus' Love, Joy, and Peace as You Approach them.

  10. Pray For Favor of the Listener and that They Will Give a Hearty Yes! to the Gospel.

  11. Pray for Restraining Grace

  12. Pray to Only Speak Out of Jesus' Initiative

  13. Pray for Discernment Concerning What is Truly Blocking Their Faith.

  14. Pray for Discernment as to How to Respond to What is Truly Blocking Their Faith.

  15. Pray for Holy Spirit Boldness, Confidence and Conviction in Presenting the Gospel

  16. Pray for Confirmation of the Gospel

  17. Pray for Power to Motivate the Individual in Love to Respond to the Gospel.

APPROACH JESUS
THROUGH WORSHIP AND PRAISE

*Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Spirit, we praise You, we worship You, we give You thanks and praise. Thank You Jesus for your goodness. Thank You for dying on the cross for our sins. Praise You, worship You, exalt You. . .

*Appropriate Scriptures:

Psalm 100:4 "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise."

1 Timothy 2:8 "Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension."

Lamentations 3:41 "Let us lift up our hearts with our hands toward God in the heavens."

John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him."

The Bible commands that we are to approach God through worship and praise. Jesus tells us in John 14:21 that He will only manifest Himself to those who obey Him. Therefore, the first step to praying effectively for Evangelism on the field, is to approach Jesus in prayer through worship and praise. When I approach Jesus in prayer for Evangelism, I start by just worshiping and praising Him, confessing what is true about Him: His goodness, His authority and power, His being Lord of lords and King of kings, the only creator of Heaven and Earth. I will do this until He manifests Himself to me. For me personally He usually brings to my mind Mark 11:24 which states,

"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted to you."

He then will usually say to me, What do You want?

What has Jesus done? He has just held out his scepter and welcomed me to His throne and given me permission to speak to Him about whatever is on my heart. I now have his complete attention and know He will hear what I have to say and request. I then go on to give Him my requests.

PRAY AGAINST SATANIC FORCES

*Prayer:

Jesus, we pray for you anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon us and the people we are going to be sharing the Gospel with. We pray that that you would tear down the strongholds of Satan over us and over them.

Satan, we come against you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. We bind you Satan. We bind you hindering spirits. We bind you spirits of the prince of the air. We bind you evil forces. We command you to take your hands off of us and the people we are going to be witnessing too. We forbid you to hinder the going forth of the Gospel through us. We forbid you also to hinder the individuals we are sharing with from hearing the Gospel. You shall not hinder through noise distraction, through thought suggestion, through husbands, through wives, through children, through brothers, through sisters, through relatives, through friends, through employers or employees or through security guards, through Satanic spirits or human spirits. You shall not hinder the going forth of the Gospel through us through any means whatsoever. We forbid it in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and send you all to him to do with you as He sees fit. We forbid you to return in Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s name, amen.

*Supporting Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 "And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive through the obedience of Christ."

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you."

Matthew 16:9 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Jude 9 "But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.’"

*Explanation

Jesus tells us plainly that He has given us authority over all the power and authority of Satan. Therefore if we are to have victory over their attacks, we must exercise our authority Jesus has given us against them.

PRAY FOR
THE ARMOR OF GOD

*Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray for the full armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the breast plate of righteousness, the shield of faith by which I will be able to extinguish all the flaming missils of the evil one, the belt of truth, that You would shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace and for the Sword of the Spirit which is Your Word.

I also pray that You would grant me the crosses You want me to bear and I give you permission to use my spirit in spiritual warfare.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Ephesians 6:12-17 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Matthew 10:38 "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me."

*Explanation:

When we ask God to cloth us with his armor, He literally clothes our spirit with armor to protect us from satanic spiritual beings. Crosses are what Jesus allows us to suffer for His kingdom as his soldiers in the kingdom of God. When we pray for men and women’s salvation, we do warfare in the spiritual realm. As we pray, God uses our human spirits to do battle against satanic spirits and satanic human spirits that are binding the person from being able to come to Jesus. This is what it means to stand in the gap for someone. This is why it is so important that at the beginning of every day we pray for the armor of God.

PRAY FOR THE
COVERING OF JESUS BLOOD

*Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray for the covering and protection of Your blood.

*Appropriate Scriptures:

Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death."

*Explanation:

When Jesus first started teaching me about spiritual warfare, the first thing I understood was the importance of putting on the armor of God. I knew passages like Revelation 12:11 but did not understand the importance of daily praying for the covering and protection of Jesus’ blood. I was daily praying for the armor and did see a noticeable difference in the frequency and force of Satanic attack, but I would still find myself under attack. I begin to seek God as to why Satan was still getting through. The answer I got was, You need to also daily pray for the covering and protection of My blood. I did and the attacks ceased. There is tremendous power in the blood of Jesus Christ.

PRAY FOR THE PROTECTION
OF HIS
WARRIOR ANGELS

*Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that You would send legions of Your mightiest warrior angels to create a complete shield around us and protect us from satanic spirits, human spirits and evil of any kind.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Psalms 34:7 "The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them."

Hebrews 1:14 "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?"

*Explanation:

Several years ago I pioneered a church work in Fresno, California. Along with this work, of course came Satanic attacks. I would anoint ourselves and our place of worship, pray for the protection of the blood and exercise my authority as a believer by binding and commanding the unclean spirits to leave. Despite all this, I would personally still come under literal physical attack by unseen forces. I believed I had authority over Satan, yet I was still coming under attack by unseen forces.

After much prayer about the issue, the Lord revealed to me that I was under attack not by Satanic spirits, but by Satanic human spirits. These are worshipers of Satan who are commanded by Satan to astrol project and attack in there spirits servants of God Satan is unable to get to because of a believer exercising his authority over satanic spirits. We have authority over Satan and the demons. We don’t, however, have authority over human spirits. The Lord showed me the answer to this was to anoint my home and place of worship and then pray for the covering and protection of His Holy angels. When you do this the angels create a complete bubble around you and prevent any unclean spirits of any kind from getting through and attacking you. Therefore, in addition to praying for the armor and the blood of Jesus Christ, I also daily pray for the protection of God’s mightiest warrior angels. That closed the gap. The direct attacks ceased.

PRAY FOR RESTRAINT OVER
AUTHORITIES PRESENT

*Prayer:

Jesus, You said You came to make seeing eyes blind and blind eyes see. We pray for your anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon the present authorities that you would blind their eyes and cause them to be so occupied that they do not even see us, that they pass on. If they do see us, that they do not take notice but pass on. But please Lord we pray open the eyes of those we are sharing with to see that what we are sharing with them is true, that You are the Truth the only answer to their life and needs.

*Supporting Scripture:

John 9:39 "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; and that those who see may become blind."

Proverbs 21:1 "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord, He turns it wherever He wishes."

PRAY AND ASK JESUS
TO PREPARE THE PERSON(S)
FOR THE MESSAGE OF HIS LOVE
AND FORGIVENESS THROUGH YOU

*Prayer:

Jesus, we pray for Your anointing, Your power and Your Holy Spirit upon the People that we are going to Witness to, that You would prepare them to receive the message of your love and forgiveness through us. We pray that they would experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit of Love, Joy and Peace and would sense that something good is going to happen to them today.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace."

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?"

PRAY FOR PRIVACY
AND NO DISTRACTIONS

Jesus, we pray for Your anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon the people we are going to witness to, that you would draw these people to the field and that you would strategically locate them so that we have the maximum amount of the sense of privacy without distractions.

PRAY THAT THE PERSON EXPERIENCES
JESUS LOVE, JOY AND PEACE
AS YOU APPROACH THEM

*Prayer

Jesus, we pray that as we approach them that you would again allow them to experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit of Love, Joy and peace and that they would sense that we have something good to give to them, to not fear us or have any fear regarding us and our intentions.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace."

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not give us a Spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline."

PRAY FOR FAVOR OF THE LISTENER
AND THAT THEY WILL GIVE
A HEARTY "YES!" TO THE GOSPEL

*Prayer:

Jesus, you said in your word, "The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord." We pray that whether they want to hear what we have to say or not, that You would give us their favor, that they will say with their mouths "Yes!" to the survey and "Yes!" to allowing us to share with them how to have eternal life and go to heaven.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Proverbs 16:1 "The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord."

PRAY FOR RESTRAINING GRACE

*Prayer:

Jesus, we then pray for Your restraining grace over the individual(s) to hear the complete presentation of the Gospel from beginning to end to the point of decision, to the point of commitment to discipleship and evangelism training and to becoming an active part of a fellowship of believers.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Acts 9:1-6, 8-9, 17-18 "Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. And it came about that as he journeyed, he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but rise, and enter the city, and it shall be told you what you must do’. . . . And Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. . . . And Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he arose and was baptized."

Philippians 1:12-13 "Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear."

PRAY TO SPEAK ONLY
OUT OF JESUS' INITIATIVE

*Prayer:

Jesus, we pray for your anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon us. we pray that you would bind us and keep us from speaking one word that is not of you, that you would loose us to speak only that which is of You in a Spirit of love and Your presence.

*Supporting Scriptures:

John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."

John 5:19 "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner."

John 12:49 "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak."

Ephesians 4:15 "But speaking the truth in love. . ."

2 Corinthians 5:14 "For the love of Christ constrains us."

Romans 2:4 "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?"

PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT
CONCERNING WHAT IS TRULY
BLOCKING THEIR FAITH

*Prayer:

Jesus, we pray for your anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon the people we are going to witnessing too, that whatever is truly blocking them from releasing their faith that You would quicken it to their heart and mind. We also pray that even if they are normally shy, that You would give them Holy Spirit boldness to speak what is truly in their heart and mind, what is truly blocking them from seeing that You are the truth, the ONLY answer to their life and needs.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Proverbs 16:1 "The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord."

PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT AS TO HOW
TO RESPOND
TO WHAT IS TRULY
BLOCKING THEIR FAITH

*Prayer:

Lord Jesus, We pray for Your anointing, power and Holy Spirit upon ourselves, that as the people we are witnessing too speak what is truly blocking their faith, that You would quicken to our hearts and our minds what to say and how to say it in response so that their faith is released to believe that You are the truth, the ONLY answer to their life and needs to receive You as Savior and Lord of their lives.

*Supporting Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 14:24-25 "But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you."

Luke 12:11-12 "And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not become anxious about how or what you should speak in your defense, or what you should say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."

PRAY FOR HOLY SPIRIT BOLDNESS,
CONFIDENCE
AND CONVICTION
IN PRESENTING THE GOSPEL

*Prayer:

We pray for your anointing, power and Holy Spirit to speak the Word of God with all boldness, confidence and conviction so that they would see that we really believe that what we are saying is true, that You are the Truth, the only answer to their life and needs.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Ecclesiastes 10:4 "If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses."

Acts 4:29, 31 "And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond servants may speak Your Word with all confidence. . . . And when they had prayed the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak the Word of God with boldness."

Ephesians 6:19-20 "And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."

PRAY FOR CONFIRMATION OF THE GOSPEL

*Prayer:

We pray also that You would confirm the Gospel through the fruit of the Holy Spirit of love, joy and peace; and through signs, wonders, miracles and healings, and through the distribution of the Holy Spirit according to Your will.

*Supporting Scriptures:

Galatians 5:22 "But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. . ."

Acts 4:29-30 "And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bondservants may speak Your Word with all confidence, while You do extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus."

Hebrews 2:3-4 "how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and through the distribution of the Holy Spirit according to His own will."

PRAY FOR POWER TO MOTIVATE
THE INDIVIDUAL IN LOVE
TO RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL

*Prayer:

Finally, Jesus, we pray for your anointing, power and Holy Spirit to motivate in love where appropriate the individual to accept you as Savior and Lord, to a commitment of discipleship or Evangelism training and to become an active part of a fellowship of believers.

*Supporting Scriptures:

2 Corinthians 5:10-11 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the lord, we persuade men."

Matthew 2:18-20 "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Ephesians 4:11-12 "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as Evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ."

Hebrews 10:24-25 "and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near."

After forty-three years of ongoing weekly Evangelism, I have found these seventeen elements essential in prayer for greatest success and fruitfulness in Evangelism on the field.

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Evangelism Dedication Prayers

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Evangelism Prayers for the Field

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Salvation Prayers for Men


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