Simple Act of Faith #4 is Pray for Opportunities. We have learned about another person of faith, thought about our own story (our testimony), and prayed for specific unbelievers whom we know. One of the things we prayed for the unbelievers we know was that God would send someone into their lives who can make a difference with them either through their story or through physically helping them and showing God’s love. (This is called being a witness for God.)
But we can also pray that we would have opportunities to witness – to tell our story, or to be the hands and feet of Jesus – so that other people can come to know His goodness. Maybe we are too close to our own family for them to listen to us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be that person for someone else.
We don’t have to be “missionaries, pastors, or even Bible scholars. It’s enough to know our own story. (Which we thought about earlier this week, right?).
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Then, we can pray for boldness in seizing those opportunities when God makes them available, like Paul says he did in Ephesians:
Ephesians 6:18-19 18…To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel…
If you read the whole story in Acts 4, you’ll see that those same people were threatening Peter and John and telling them to stop witnessing for Christ – even though they recognized what had happened was from God. So how did Peter and John deal with that?
Acts 4:19-20 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
Listen: it is not your job to change people’s minds, so don’t measure yourself according to that. You may never know if you have planted a seed that will later grow, or added a piece to a puzzle that just isn’t complete yet. YOU were only asked to share – it is the spirit of God and the acceptance of the other person that will make the change. If you do your part, you have been successful. So, our simple act of faith #4 is to pray that God will help us recognize the opportunities we have to share Him with others, AND to have the boldness to do so.
Remember, in doing so, you might be answering someone else’s prayer for their unbelieving friend or family.