Here’s how you can pray for our students this week!
- Continue to pray for salvation among our students. We shouldn’t have any expectations that lost people share the Gospel. They can’t…because they don’t really know and love that Gospel message. Thus, we need to pray that our students are truly saved before we can commission them to the task of sharing that same saving message in our community.
- Pray that our unsaved students would not have a peace until they get saved. This statement sounds harsh when you first read it off the page, but I assure you that it comes from a place a true compassion and love. The worst possible place for our students (or anyone for that matter) is to be unsaved and comfortable with that reality. I would much rather God not give them a peace of mind or conscious until they submit their lives to Christ. Please pray that the ministry of the Holy Spirit (to convict men of sin and testify to the Lordship of Christ) would continue through the lives of our students.
- Pray that our students would commit to the discipline of evangelism. While the bible does teach that some have the spiritual gift of evangelism, it is also true that ALL Christians are called to share the Gospel. In fact, Jesus actually commands it of all those who follow him (Mt 28:19). We prove that we truly love Jesus by obeying him (John 14:15). Therefore, we need to challenge our students and pray that they would commit to this discipline – for the good of those around them, and also for the benefit of their own souls.
- Pray that the service of our students would lead to evangelism. Nobody cares what we have to say until they know how much we care. We achieve that in authentic service and love to those around us. It shouldn’t surprise us then that this is often how many people come to know Jesus Christ. Let’s pray that our students would not only love to serve people, but would also have opportunities to share the Gospel through this service.
Here are some questions that you can ask your students leading up to and following Wednesday’s lesson.
- What exactly is evangelism? (A: Verbally sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with people, and leaving the results up to God.)
- Is it ok for us to just “act out the Gospel” in front of lost people, and not verbally share the Gospel?(A: No. In Romans 10:14, the Apostle Paul asks – “How can they (unsaved people) believe in what they have not HEARD?” We should act like Christ in front of others, but we must verbally share the Gospel with them. Nobody gets saved outside of actually hearing the Gospel message.)
- Is evangelism only successful when people become Christians? (A: No. We are called to share the message; we cannot change people’s hearts or make them believe in Jesus. Our only job is to share the message faithfully, and to leave the results up to God. There are many faithful evangelist around the world who almost never see people get saved. We just need to focus on what we can control.)
- How can you begin to share the Gospel with your friends and people at your school? (A: Discuss as a family!)
- How can service towards others lead us to share the Gospel with them? (A: When we serve people authentically, we show them that we truly care about them. This allows us the opportunity to share the Gospel with them.)
- Who are some people that you know that you would like to share the Gospel with? (A: Make a list! Begin to pray for them!)