As I’ve mentioned previously, I have the great privilege of being a regular blogger at The Gospel Life blog. The most recent series of blog posts there is entitled “Leading with the Gospel,” and looks at what several writers view as essential aspects of leading a local church with an evangelistic edge. I wrote a post that appeared yesterday entitled “Prayer and the Holy Spirit,” which I’m including an excerpt from below:
When the first followers of Jesus heard His instructions that we know as the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8), their immediate response was to wait in two distinct ways. Their waiting reminds us of two vital aspects of the vibrant ministry evangelism within our lives personally and for the local church.
The Importance of Waiting in Prayer
Returning from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem after Jesus’ ascension, the disciples gather together in the upper room. It is a different upper room gathering than Jesus’ instruction before His death. Instead, it is the upper room prayer gathering where “they all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14a). Before they went out to proclaim good news, and before they went to make disciples, and before they ever left Jerusalem in the concentric circles of widening missions, the disciples simply waited before God in prayer.
As Christians, we are called to be active in our faith, including having an active proclamation of the good news in Jesus Christ. But for us today the principle is still the same: prayer precedes power in evangelism. Whether as individuals or as churches, the fuel for evangelism comes as we wait upon God in prayer.
[Read the rest of the blog post here.]
You might also enjoy reading the rest of this series of posts on “Leading with the Gospel” by authors including Lon Allison, Chris Castaldo, Paco Amador, Sam Kim, and more.