Many long-time believers can point to instances where prayer has resulted in renewed hope, a change in circumstances, or refreshed spirit. We recognize prayer as an invaluable aspect of our relationship with God and one of the ways we navigate through our faith journey. What we may forget is how powerful it can be for someone that does not know Jesus or has never prayed before.
Online evangelism offers us the opportunity to meet many people who are wandering spiritually or do not know Jesus Christ. A fair number of them are struggling with major life issues. We always encourage volunteers to not just say you will pray for them but to actually type out the prayer while connected digitally.
It is not uncommon after sending a prayer to have seekers respond that they are crying, that no one has ever prayed over them, or ask whether it is possible to get a copy of the prayer so they can save it and refer to it again.
We have learned to never underestimate the power of simply praying with someone. We repeatedly see that the Holy Spirit can move hearts just as easily through technology as He can when people are holding hands in person.
The other element of prayer in digital evangelism is to seek the Holy Spirit before, during and after each conversation. We never know what type of situation may come across next. It may be something we have never personally experienced. It may be someone that is deeply in need of God’s touch. We should all be seeking the Spirit’s guidance, words, and heart for every interaction. We also should take a moment and lift that person up after the conversation has concluded.
Some of the most sweet and impactful volunteer stories involve faithful servants keeping a very basic prayer journal of all their conversations. Simply recording a first name and a few of the facts from the conversation allows them to continue to lift people up in prayer well after the conversation. There is no better way to let our speech be gracious and seasoned with salt when evangelizing than to lift others up in prayer.