As much time as we should spend in praying for those who are outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, we should also spend ample time praying for ourselves to be effective in bringing Christ to them. Praying for your effectiveness in personal evangelism is like sharpening the axe before cutting the tree. It may take some time. It may delay your start. But it will make your strokes much more effective and your effort more productive. I have put together an acronym BOLDNESS to help you in your petitions to God in becoming more intentional in sharing your faith.
B is for Boldness. Pray for God to give you his courage. It is like the courage of Peter and John when they stood before the ruling council and were told to keep the message of Jesus quiet. They replied,”Judge for yourselves whether it is right in god’s sight to obey you rather than do. For we cannot help speaking about whaty we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20, NIV). The Apostle Paul requested others pray for him to have boldness. “Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19, HCSB).
O is for Opportunity. Pray for God to give you opportunities to share. God gave Phillip a wonderful opportunity to share Jesus with an important goverment official. He heard the man reading from Isaiah. Phillip asked the man if he understood what he was reading. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me? So he invited Phillip to come up and sit with him” (Acts 8:31). You will be given opportunities to share as well, when you look for them and when you pray for them.
L is for Laborers. Pray for God to send you as a laborer to work in the field of harvest. “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38, NKJV).
D is for Deliverance From Evil. Pray that you will be protected from the evil one and all his schemes. Jesus prayed this prayer for us as well. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15, NIV).
N is for New Nature. Pray that you will live out the new nature that God has given you through the Holy Spirit. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV). He has changed you and he will also fill you with his Spirit and power as you yield yourself to Him moment by moment. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16, NIV).
E is for Endurance. Pray for endurance in the sharing of your faith. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9, NIV). Remember you are sharing out of heart full of love for what God has done for you, not to see some kind of result.
S is for Set Apart. Pray that you will live a holy life that honors God and makes it easier for those who need Christ to see Him. “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).
S is for Share the Gospel. Pray for readiness in sharing the gospel. Pray that it will be clear and presented in the way it will make the most impact with those you share. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should” (Colossians 4:4, NIV).