Praying for Friends Part Two

How long has it been (honestly) since you have talked about the gospel – God’s plan of salvation – with someone who does not have a relationship with Christ – an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year? Truth is, we could all do a lot more talking about the gospel with others, we could all be better “fishers of men,” but sharing the gospel does not start with talking, it starts (and ends) with prayer.

I recently came across an outline for this kind of intercessory prayer that I want to share with you that I pray will encourage you. It is called the “three-open prayer” (it comes from Ron Hutchraft’s book, Called To Greatness).

We pray for open doors – opportunities to engage in spiritual discussions.

Colossians 4:3 – “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

We pray for open mouths – boldness to speak about Christ when the opportunity comes.

Ephesians 6:19-20 – “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, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

We pray for open hearts – responsiveness to the good news we share.

1 Corinthians 2:14 – “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” Only a supernatural act of God can open such hearts like these!

Let me encourage you then to make a list of every unbeliever you know and start praying the “three-open prayer.” Pray for opportunities to share the gospel, pray for words to say when the opporunity comes, and pray for responsiveness by a supernatural act as you are opening your mouth!

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