The Church is infamous for using what some call “The Sinner’s Prayer.” It is often a prayer used to “seal the evangelism deal.” While extremely effective in producing short-lived converts, it remains disastrous in making life long disciples. In my upcoming book “The Gospel Rock in my Pocket,” I use an unconventional process for beginning an evangelism/discipleship journey with people you know, and those you might not know so well.
The entire process for a new evangelism encounter begins with Matthew 5:8
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Once peace has been established through conversation (Luke 10:5) or an act of Justice (Micah 6:8), a sliding time scale of relationship building follows, along with some defining of terms. Finally, or as the Spirit leads, I ask them if they would like to pray before going further.
This is that prayer:
Father Almighty, make of heaven and earth.
Help us to see and realize your Kingdom in our midst.
Lord Jesus, Son of the living God
Look upon us with mercy, and by Your Grace,
Help us to look upon You.
Holy Spirit, breath of the living God;
Renew us and widen the eyes of our hearts.
It is after this prayer where the evangelism framework in the book is outlined and developed. The prayer has recently been written. For me, it’s genuine, slightly didactic, and bridge building. It is not meant to be a rote oration, or used in a “repeat after me” sort of way. It is not compulsory.
Afterwards, and for however long appropriate, I’ll continue on with an evangelism/discipleship process laid out in the book that varies in scope and duration. I have used this process in over 30 cultural contexts and it has been extremely effective For more than 3 years now, I have not used the “sinner’s prayer” at the end of an evangelism event, but I have seen more than a dozen generations of disciples come to life. This prayer, when used BEFORE evangelism can change and dispose hearts to receive Christ and His message.
A few Questions:
1. What do you think of that prayer?
2. Would you use it or something similar?
3. Does the book sound like something you’s like to read and use?
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