James 5:16b: The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” NASB
I believe that the first step in witnessing is prayer. Pastor Don Walton has written a book entitled: “Praying in the Harvest: How to pray for the lost.” This book is worthwhile to read for our concern for the unsaved. I won’t try to go into a discourse on this subject; I do want to remind you of the importance of prayer before and during your time of witnessing.
Start by praying for the people you plan to try to reach. Jesus spent a lot of time alone in prayer. If He felt the need to talk to God, even more do we need to do so. Talk to the Lord about the person to whom you plan to witness. Ask for salvation for that person, doing so by mentioning their name. God knows who they are but it is a loving way to prepare to talk to your lost friend.
Pray for yourself. Put on the whole armor of God. When we endeavor to witness, we are going into Satan’s territory. He will do everything he can to prevent you from speaking a word of the hope within you. Cover in prayer your time, your speech, and your efforts.
After you have witnessed, no matter what decision was made or what seed was sown; pray for the results. Pray for the future of the one who received your words. You may feel that your efforts were inadequate but God can do mighty things with our feeble attempts to witness.
If you reached your prospect in a way that resulted in salvation; pray with thanksgiving and praise to God. Only God can save and give the victory. What joy there is in seeing a lost sheep come into the fold of the Great Shepherd! Let God receive the Glory and Praise for another soul set free!
I HAVE A SAVIOR, HE’S PLEADING IN GLORY,
A DEAR, LOVING SAVIOR THOUGH EARTH FRIENDS BE FEW;
AND NOW HE IS WATCHING IN TENDERNESS O’ER ME;
AND OH, THAT MY SAVIOR WERE YOUR SAVIOR, TOO.
FOR YOU I AM PRAYING, FOR YOU I AM PRAYING, FOR YOU I AM PRAYING,
I’M PRAYING FOR YOU.
Hymn by Fanny Crosby