Note: The following is an excerpt from Larry Moyer’s latest book 101 Tips for Evangelism: Practical Ways to Enhance Your Witness.
Tip #23: CONSISTENTLY ASK GOD FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.
Ever notice how some believers have so many opportunities and others have so few? One reason could be something easily overlooked. Those who have numerous opportunities ask God for them.
Paul the apostle spoke of “doors” for the gospel, some closed and some open. It also appears that some doors were opened because he asked God to open them and even asked others to pray on his behalf for the same. In the most vivid example, he sits in prison and writes a letter to the Colossians. He did not want his physical limitations to limit him spiritually. He asked for prayer: “meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:3–4).
Imagine such a prayer from one who sits in prison, most likely handcuffed to a Roman soldier twenty-four hours a day. Even there, he wanted an opportunity to tell someone that Christ’s death on the cross was the only means for a right standing with God. Paul’s fervency to spread the gospel reveals that this kind of prayer must have been a pattern, not an exception in his life.
Now think of your schedule, the next day or the next week. Wherever you go, God can open doors. That may be as you sit in a taxi and converse with the driver who appears rather bored with his life. It may be on a flight as you talk with the person who you sense is falling apart on the inside though he appears to have everything together on the outside. The open door may be with a relative who is confronted with her own mortality when her best friend is diagnosed with cancer. The open door might be with a business acquaintance whose mate has asked for a divorce, or it may be with a neighbor whose son is getting into extensive trouble with the law.
The point is, ask God for those doors, and then get ready. Our God who hears the prayers of His children and loves the lost will answer those prayers. The answer may come more quickly than you ever thought it would. Open doors may come in some of the most unexpected ways. Sometimes, we do not have because we have not asked. Numerous “asks” may open up numerous doors.