Memorise: They said therefore unto him, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? John 6:30
Read: Luke 9:1-2 (KJV)
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
When going to speak to someone or a group of people who are religious, but not born again, prayer is an excellent tool to draw their attention.
In Nigeria for example, if you want to evangelise in a bus, because the people generally believe that prayers are effective, you can start with a short but powerful prayer asking God for journey mercies. When you have their attention, you can go ahead and preach.
“Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” John 4:48
When people see signs, they will believe. Ask the people you wish to evangelise if they would like you to pray with them concerning any need they have. After you have prayed and God has answered the prayer, it will be easier to convince them to accept Christ. Many years ago, I had a team of youth who I had trained in evangelism.
I had taught them that, when they encounter anyone who wouldn’t listen to them, they should simply ask if there was any issue the fellow wanted them to pray with him about. One day, they got to the house of an herbalist who was antagonistic. They said “Baba, we know you are very powerful, but is there anything at all that you have not been able to solve? We want to pray about it. “He told them that every time he got married, once the bride got pregnant, she would begin to bleed and bleed until she died.
Now he had married again and his new wife was pregnant but, like all the others, she had begun to bleed and was close to death. My children prayed a simple prayer and left. They had only been gone for a little while when they heard someone calling them from afar. They looked back and saw the herbalist chasing after them. When he got to them, he said his wife has stopped bleeding and he was ready to accept Jesus into his life.
Ask God for the gift of the Spirit so that you can use them to bring more people to Him.
Adapted from Open Heavens Daily Devotional written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries