Prayer and Perception in Soulwinning

2 Practical Helps for Winning Souls

What should we pray for as a soulwinner? Obviously, one of our main prayer requests would be that people would be saved. However, I believe there are three other areas that we need to focus on in our prayer life as we go soulwinning.

Prayer Is Essential for Soulwinning

1. God’s Leading
We need to ask the Lord to lead us as we go soulwinning. I believe that God’s Spirit is at work in people’s lives and God desires to draw them to Himself.

2. God’s Power
God’s power is always available for us as we go soulwinning. It is up to us to ask for it. Acts 1:8 is a promise of God’s enabling power for us as we endeavor to witness for the Saviour.

3. God’s Boldness
Pray for God’s boldness. The early church prayed, and then they spoke the Word with boldness. (Acts 4:31) The reason we might be timid in soulwinning is because of our lack of personal prayer.

Perception Helps Us Evaluate Our Soulwinning Visits

Sometimes I fall into the trap of becoming robotic—treating every call, every visit, and every door the same way. I know better, but at times, I fall into this trap. I know every door is a new opportunity with new circumstances, and I need God’s Spirit to guide me to be an effective witness. Consider these three thoughts in witnessing:

1. Not Everyone Is Ready to Be Saved Today
Do not be discouraged when someone rejects the Gospel. Jesus even had people who rejected Him (John 1:11–12). Do not let the rejection become personal. Allow their rejection to further soften your heart for the needs of people.

2. It Is Not Our Responsibility to See People Saved
It is our responsibility to go and to tell, but we do not save anyone. Let the Holy Spirit of God reveal their need for a Saviour. We need to be busy going and telling and leave the results up to Him.

3. There Is a Difference between Persuading and Pushing Someone to Accept Christ
I believe very strongly in pleading for people to come to Christ. The Bible even says in Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” However, there is a fine line between persuading and pushing. When we push, we will offend people. God’s Word says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient…”

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