We all have people in our lives who need to hear the Good News. We probably know we should pray for them but what do we pray? In the 8th chapter of his marvelous book, The Heart of Evangelism, Jerram Barrs gives some good Biblical counsel:
1) We should pray for the work of the Spirit in their hearts and minds.
We know that He can reach the parts of them, the inner workings of their minds and hearts, that we cannot reach. He can soften the hard heart, bend the stubborn will, open the closed mind, challenge the long-held prejudices, and heal the painful memories that are inaccessible to us.
2) We are to pray for open doors in our relationships.
Christ has promised us that He is ruling the nations and our own personal lives for the sake of the Gospel. So we can have confidence that He will answer our prayers when we ask Him to open doors as we build relationships with people. We do not need to try and force the Gospel on family members, friends, and acquaintances who are not yet ready to listen. The Lord will open doors in His time.
If God seems slow, consider 2 Peter 3:8-9
3) Pray for courage for yourself.
Pray for yourself in all your relationships. Paul asked the believers to pray for him (Ephesians 6:19-20), that he would have courage to make the Gospel known when he was given the opportunity.
4) Pray for clarity.
Paul also struggled with being clear in his presentation of the Gospel and requested prayer in that area too (Colossians 4:4). After asking believers to pray for open doors for him, he added: “Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should”. Paul found it difficult to be always clear.