Outreach Ministry: The Role of Intercession

Before connecting people with God, connect with God about people. And, continue to connect with God about people throughout the whole process. Why? -- Because intercession is Biblical. Because it works. Because it demonstrates love. Because outreach is about God.

Why We Connect with God through Intercessory Prayer about Unsaved People

With Scripture as our guidebook, we find the following six reasons prayer should be a critical part of any outreach ministry.

  1. God made us His royal priesthood and so it is our priestly duty. (1 Peter 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6)
  2. God set the precedent through Biblical models and so we should do likewise. (Gen. 18:23-32 - Abraham; Ex. 32:7-14, 31-32 - Moses; I Kings 18:36-37 - Elijah; and others, including Jesus)
  3. God's desire is for people to be saved and so we pray for His will to be done. (Ezek. 33:11; Lk. 19:10; 1 Tim. 2:3-4; 2 Pet. 3:9; Matt. 6:10)
  4. God has an enemy, Satan, who does not want His will to be done and so we need to submit ourselves to God and stand in His power and authority over the enemy. (Lk. 8:11-12; Jn. 12:31-32; 14:30; 16:11; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7-10; Rev. 12:9)
  5. God looks for people to stand in the gap and so we should be available to Him. (Ps. 106:23; Isa. 59:16; Ezek. 22:30-31)
  6. God works through prayer and so it only makes sense for prayer to be an integral part of any outreach effort. (James 5:16-18)

The above reasons for prayer to be a part of outreach are listed in the Outreach Ministry Manual. It also takes a closer look at 1 Timothy 2:1-4 about interceding on behalf of others for their salvation along with some questions to personalize this truth. Click on the above link to learn what other topics are included in the manual.
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