Oh, if you have the hearts of Christians or of men in you, let them yearn towards your poor ignorant, ungodly neighbors. Alas, there is but a step betwixt them and death and hell; many hundred diseases are waiting ready to seize on them, and if they die unregenerate, they are lost forever. Have you hearts of rock, that cannot pity men in such a case as this? If you believe not the Word of God, and the danger of sinners, why are you Christians yourselves? If you do believe it, why do you not bestir yourself to the helping of others?Richard Baxter
Prayer often gains a success to little talents, while the greatest, without it, are useless or pernicious.
– John Smith, 1808
Currently, I am preaching through Ephesians in our Wednesday night services. This morning I read a great quote while doing a little reading on the chapter I am preaching from over the last month or so (ch. 4):
a minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. – John Owen
quoted in The Ephesian Church, p. 64 of the pdf available here: http://www.febc.edu.sg/assets/pdfs/febc_press/The%20Ephesian%20Church.pdf
May God help me to be much on my knees before God!
Evangelism has God’s backing. This may seem obvious, but our lack of prayer for evangelism indicates that perhaps we do not really believe it. God doesn’t just approve of evangelism. He works alongside us, enabling us to understand and express the gospel, giving us opportunities, emboldening us to take them, and moving in our friend’s heart to bring him to faith. From start to finish, evangelism is God’s work. There are a few specific things we can ask God for: