Here’s a great intro to a Prayer-Care-Share life.
Here are some further ideas to help you live a Prayer-Care-Share life.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people (1 Timothy 2:1-5 NIV).
Prayer isn’t just preparation for the work. Prayer is the work - the first work we must do. Here are some things to pray about.
Pray that you might be a Christ-like example to your coworkers, neighbors or classmates.
Pray that God would bless those around you and open your eyes to their needs so you can serve them with Jesus’ love.
Pray for deeper relationships with them.
Pray that God would give you opportunities to share Jesus with them.
Pray for the Kingdom values of unity, integrity, respect and service to come to your workplace.
Pray for creative solutions to the problems in your sphere of influence and for His favor to be on you.
Part of your prayer time is asking the Lord to lead you into ways of impacting those around you. Is there something specific that you can do as an individual or as a team to minister to those around you? What is it? What can you do about it?
One thing to consider, after having met several times as a Dare2Share Team, is to let your neighbors or coworkers know that your group is praying and that if they have any prayer needs you would be willing to pray for those needs. You’ll be surprised how many people will welcome your prayers.
Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (Galatians 6:9-10 NLT).
In our dog-eat-dog world, goodness and kindness will get people’s attention. Be consistently good and creatively kind. Look around you and ask the Holy Spirit, “Whom can I bless and how can I bless them?” And then do it!
For example, when my friend is in line at a coffee shop, he sometimes asks the person behind him what they like to drink. Then when he gets to the barista, he orders whatever he wants and what the person behind him likes. You can imagine the kind of questions he gets when he hands them their café mocha.
Take time to help your co-worker with their project.
Bring in donuts to celebrate your boss’ birthday.
Straighten out the staffroom - Even clean up the bathroom!
Support someone going through a tough time.
As you let Jesus’ love flow through you to others, you’ll find that kindness kills skepticism and creates all kinds of questions. For example, you might get asked, “Why are you doing this?” Whatever you do don’t wimp out and say, “I thought it would be something nice to do.” Say, “I thought it would be something Jesus would do.” That ought to create more curiosity and open up further conversations.
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6 NLT).
The best conversations begin with good questions and continue with even better listening.
How are you today? You seem frustrated. Are you okay?
You have a son or a daughter, right? How are they doing? How’s parenting going for you?
Or here’s a good question:
How can I pray for you?”
Or here’s one that’s even more bold:
If God could do a miracle for you, what would it be?
Listen to their request and then pray right then and there for them. It’s amazing how many people will allow you to pray for them and how deeply they’ll appreciate you asking. And who knows how God will respond to your compassion for them and faith in Him?
Here are some questions to get spiritual conversations going:
Do you have a spiritual background?
Do you have any spiritual beliefs?
What do you think of Jesus?
Ask good questions and be a good listener. You just might find that your good question gets a good question in return. Like:
What’s your spiritual background?
What are your beliefs?
What do you think of Jesus?
If you ask good questions and really listen, you will earn the right to share what makes you tick, namely, how Jesus has changed your life from the inside out.
And don’t overlook what may be the most direct question of all. One that’s both obvious and disarming at the same time.
Has anyone ever explained to you the Good News of Jesus?
If you are looking for a simple but effective presentation of the Good News, check out this video and these resources from TIME TO REVIVE. This presentation actually draws the person into the conversation and gets them personally engaged. It’s basically the classic Roman Road presentation with a colorful twist. And in its own way, it follows the Prayer-Care-Share model.
There’s one more question to ask:
What would stop you from believing in Jesus and becoming His follower right now?
That should lead to a good conversation and maybe even to someone’s salvation.
(By the way, don’t use “churchy” language when praying and sharing. For example, don’t assume people will even know what the word “Gospel” means. Keep it simple and direct.)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).
A Prayer-Care-Share life doesn’t just happen. You have to choose it. You have to intentionally pursue it. That’s why it’s important for a Dare2Share Team to en-COURAGE each other to dare to live a Prayer-Care-Share life in their sphere of influence.
So I double dog dare ya to step out in faith and start a Dare2Share Team and passionately live a Prayer-Care-Share life!