By Tim Marshall

Prayer. It is the heartbeat of the Child of God. It is the communication of God. It is the window of Heaven to Earth where the divine speaks with humanity. Prayer is not an activity we participate in, rather it is a lifestyle we adopt. So in this going process of evangelism, first of all we must have Prayer Evangelism. We must saturate our lives with prayer. We have heard the cliché many times, “Seven days without prayer makes one WEAK." In all actuality, if you go one DAY without prayer, weakness will follow.

As we began this journey over the next few weeks on Evangelism, the foundation must begin with Prayer. Author and Teacher Ed Silvoso says that Prayer Evangelism starts by “talking to God about our neighbors before we talk to our neighbors about God.”

So, how do we pray?

When I first started pastoring many years ago in a small Midwest town, the very first thing I did in this church was start intercessory prayer on Tuesday nights. I told people it was not for the faint of heart. If you were not serious about prayer, this was not the place for you. We were not going to just come and pray a few minutes and talk the rest of the time. We were going to do serious warfare prayer. Momentum began to build and the kingdom of God moved forward. Today in that church, though I have been gone a few years, it is a growing church and still a praying church. Now for 18 years this church has had Tuesday night intercessory prayer. In 2014, a faithful member of the church died during service one Sunday, and as the people prayed, God showed up and showed out and brought the dead back to life. These things only happen when there is a foundation of prayer. Evangelism is the hands of God by the people of God.

Prayer is the Master Key to everything we want to accomplish and need to accomplish for the Kingdom of God. Evangelism is snatching the souls from the dark pit of Sin and leading people to the way of the Cross. To lead them we must be led ourselves. Not by human understanding or programs but by divine direction from Heaven.

When I first started pastoring, I took a church that was riddled with problems, and I realized I could not do it on my own. More problems than I care to list at this point.

We began the Tuesday prayer and began to bind spirits and loose the Spirit of God. The city had a State Mental Institution. We would pray at the church for one hour or more, and then we would go to the Mental Institute and drive around it praying and binding spirits.

We would go to the four corners of the city and pray as team. We buried Bibles on the corners of the city. It was Prayer Evangelism. We built a new facility and buried a Bible under where the pulpit now stands. It is Prayer Evangelism.

We went into the city holding outdoor service community parties and adopt-a-block, but we also had Prayer Evangelism. BEFORE anything is accomplished in your city, it must first be accomplished on your KNEES.

In the early days, our desire for revival was our driving force. But Evangelistic Prayer was the Key to a great outpouring of the Holy Ghost in a small Indiana town. Our last year there, we baptized over 100 people in Jesus Name and more than 60 people received the in-filling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. We started our service every Sunday with focused prayer. We had more people get the Holy Ghost at the beginning of service than we did at the altar call because we set a tone for the service with Prayer Evangelism.

  • We pray for Protection

Safety as we would visit homes and go on street evangelism

  • We pray for Direction

Lead us to the hungry

Lead us to the hurting

  • We pray for strongholds to be broken

We pray for generational curses to be broken

We pray for generational curses of Drugs to be broken

We pray for generational curses of Alcohol to be broken

Scripture References:

Mark 3:27 "No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house."

Matthew 9:37-38 "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

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