1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
You might think evangelism or the proclamation of what God has done is strictly a New Testament thing, but it really isn’t. Now, it is true that as readers of the New Testament and as people living between the first coming and the second coming of Jesus we have more of the story. But if evangelism is simply proclaiming what God has done, then you find it throughout Scripture.
Notice that sharing one’s faith or proclaiming the what God has done is an act of worship. Giving praise to the Lord and proclaiming his name so that the nations will know what He has done are connected. When we share the gospel we are not only praising God and worshiping Him, we are also living in obedience. Proclaiming the good news of Jesus isn’t optional for the Christian, but it is often neglected.
We can pray without other people, we can read God’s word without other people, we can worship God without other people, but we can’t share the gospel without other people. To make matters more difficult, evangelism requires the sharing of the gospel with a person that doesn’t yet believe in Jesus. That means it might require doing so with someone who disagrees with you! Yeah, that’s hard, but it also glorifies God.
One of the ways I have tried to begin to talk to someone about my faith is through prayer. People will often share their difficulties in life and be open about their struggles. So I will often simply ask them if it is okay if I prayed with them. Almost always they have said yes. Then I pray, WITH them, not later, right then. It doesn’t have to be long, it can be very short. It isn’t that people will bend their knee to Jesus right then, but the conversation is started. The benefit of praying with someone is that they might just see God answer that prayer.
Ask God for an opportunity to pray with someone today…then look for that opportunity and be bold enough to take it.