How can we make this New Year the best evangelistic year yet? Many of us long to evangelize more, but sometimes just thinking about it produces worry and anxiety.
Philippians 4:6–7 offers some encouraging words: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Paul tells us how to handle fear in verse 6. Through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, we are to present our requests to God. Prayer relates to an attitude of complete dependence upon the Lord. Petition refers to specific requests we have for Him.
Afraid to evangelize? Ask God for boldness. Fearful of potential rejection? Ask Him to empower you and leave the results in His hands.
What happens when we honestly acknowledge our worries and fears to God? Paul says that God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Guard is a military term depicting a Roman soldier standing guard before the palace, protecting all those inside. If we take our concerns to God in prayer and leave them with Him, a peace beyond description will guard our hearts and minds. This peace, freedom from anxiety, can free us up to share the gospel.
When God says “everything,” He means “everything.” Nothing is too big for us to take to God in prayer and petition. Think of the things that cause you anxiety about evangelism. Each time they come to mind, remember to place those concerns on His shoulders.