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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:
Approach Jesus Through Worship and Praise
Pray Against Satanic Forces
Pray For for the Armor of God
Pray for the covering of Jesus Blood
Pray for the Protection of His Warrior Angels.
Pray For Restraint over Present Authorities.
Pray and Ask Jesus to Prepare the Person(s) for the Message of His Love
and Forgiveness Through You
Pray for Privacy and no Distractions.
Pray that the Person Experiences Jesus' Love, Joy, and Peace as You
Pray For Favor of the Listener and that They Will Give a Hearty Yes!
to the Gospel.
Pray for Restraining Grace
Pray to Only Speak Out of Jesus' Initiative
Pray for Discernment Concerning What is Truly Blocking Their Faith.
Pray for Discernment as to How to Respond to What is Truly Blocking Their
Pray for Holy Spirit Boldness, Confidence and Conviction in Presenting the
Pray for Confirmation of the Gospel
Pray for Power to Motivate the Individual in Love to Respond to the
WORSHIP AND PRAISE
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. . .
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
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.
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.
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
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.’"
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.
ARMOR OF GOD
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
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
Matthew 10:38 "And he who does not
take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me."
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
Lord Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, I pray for the covering and protection of Your blood.
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."
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
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
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
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
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.
John 9:39 "For judgment I came
into this world, that those who do not see may see; and that those who see may
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
PREPARE THE PERSON(S)
FOR THE MESSAGE OF HIS LOVE
AND FORGIVENESS THROUGH YOU
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.
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?"
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
JESUS LOVE, JOY AND PEACE
AS YOU APPROACH THEM
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
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."
FAVOR OF THE
AND THAT THEY WILL GIVE
A HEARTY "YES!"
TO THE GOSPEL
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.
Proverbs 16:1 "The plans of the heart belong to man, but
the answer of the tongue is from the Lord."
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.
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
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."
OUT OF JESUS'
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.
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
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?"
CONCERNING WHAT IS TRULY
BLOCKING THEIR FAITH
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.
Proverbs 16:1 "The plans of the
heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord."
AS TO HOW
TO RESPOND TO WHAT IS
BLOCKING THEIR FAITH
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.
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
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
IN PRESENTING THE GOSPEL
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.
Ecclesiastes 10:4 "If the ruler's
temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays
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."
OF THE GOSPEL
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.
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."
TO RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL
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
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
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