Monday, March 31, 2008

Prayer of the Week

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6.19

Some people believe that Paul, the author of this passage, was the greatest preacher ever. The great missionary and evangelist asked his supporters to pray for him so that his preaching could be more effective.

Billy Graham, the most popular and important evangelist of our life times, has said that the three most important components of his success are prayer, prayer and prayer. Now think about how you and I approach our faith-sharing. Our prayer time is anemic, if it exists at all. We want to be powerful and successful, but praying for the Holy Spirit to empower and anoint our words and our work seems very time-consuming and hard. And yet, prayer is what we most need. When we commit our lives, and our words, to Christ, he will make a great difference for us.

PRAYER: Make us evangelists for you, O Lord. Give us confidence to share our faith. Give us wisdom to share in positive, hopeful ways. Give us grace that your message might be attractive and effective to those around us. And give us your anointing, that our words would be replaced by your words. Amen.

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