Satan himself is already defeated, yet he still “has the strength to besiege human minds and to incite them to embrace and exalt evil rather than God.” While the world (and even the church at times) buys the lies of universalism, pluralism and inclusivism, Satan “transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14) and lulls unbelievers into a false sense of spiritual security.
This recognition that evangelism involves a spiritual battle is perhaps the most significant insight offered by writers in the spiritual warfare movement. Evangelism is more than just a strategy, technique, or program; rather, it is taking the gospel into the kingdom of darkness. To evangelize is to march into a spiritual battle.
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Foundational to this understanding of evangelism is awareness that evangelism is fruitless without God’s power. Apart from the supernatural work of God’s grace countering the enemy’s hold on non-believers, evangelism produces no converts. For this reason, evangelism must be accompanied with prayer. Evangelism is the task, but prayer is the necessary power behind the task.
Lord God Almighty, engage me in Your service against the forces of darkness for the sake of Your kingdom of Light! Give me greater awareness of the power of prayer to defeat Satan’s attacks and thwart his intentions for harm. Fill Your people with Holy Spirit power to do battle in Your name and for Your glory!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer fo r Ministry, Chapter 69 (Prayer and Spiritual Warfare) by Chuck Lawless. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for his faithfulness (2 Cor. 1:18). Give thanks that “no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (1:20). Confess any reluctance to trust God. Commit to consciously remembering that God has “anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (1:21-22). Ask him to lead you in celebrating this faithfulness in worship.
Pray for the actions and attitudes of God’s people as they go out into your community to impact the unsaved. Ask God to use the faithfulness of his people to draw many to himself.
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