Jesus Christ died so that persons who are spiritually dead in their sins might be made alive in Him. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. The hope of the gospel is that anyone can be saved if he will admits he is a sinner (Romans 3:23), believe Jesus died for his sins (Romans 6:23; 5:8) and confess Jesus as Savior (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
The salvation of the unsaved must be a passion of the heart of a Follower of Jesus. Salvation of lost souls brings God glory as a life is moved from darkness to light. Another worshipper will now be able to lift praise to God. Another soul will be rescued from eternal separation from God. Another life will know the peace that passes understanding and the joy that never fades
E.M. Bounds wrote, “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men” (Power Through Prayer).
In order for a person to place his trust in Jesus, he must hear the gospel, repent of his sins and surrender his trust in Jesus as Savior (Romans 10:13-15). While only God can convict and save a person, He has given us the privilege of sharing His good news to the people around us.
The great enemy of urgency is apathy. The best resource for overcoming apathy is prayer. In order to remain urgent about getting the gospel to the lost is to pray for the lost by name. Who do I know who needs Jesus? Who has God given me a relationship with to share the gospel?
Praying for the lost by name serves to:
- Make us burdened to see people come to faith in Jesus.
- Keep the spiritual discipline of evangelism in the forefront of our lives.
- Demonstrate compassion toward others.
- Help us celebrate life change by the gospel.
- Help us see people like Jesus sees them.
- Lead us to serve others with the love of Jesus.
When we pray for the salvation of specific people, evangelism becomes personal. It’s no longer about a generic somebody. There is now a face in our minds and on our hearts. It has become personal because it is now part of our real life world.