a recent blog post was about active prayer. Part of that, I believe, is praying with others. I say “with” instead of “for” because when you pray with someone in person, you give them something to partner with. When you pray for someone and they aren't there, you are asking God to reveal himself, but you aren't reminding them that he wants to help.
Praying with someone is as simple as taking a moment to stop and acknowledge God with them.
When I lived in Los Angeles a man prayed for me, and it changed my perspective on the subject. I felt a warmth and peace I had never felt in my life. It was comparable to the peace I had chased with drug use. I had been a Christian for a year at that point, but I had never experienced that level of peace. Immediately, I thought, "I want that! I want to give people that same feeling through an encounter with Jesus." Ironically enough, that's also what Jesus wants. (John 14:27)
You don't have to work or bargain for the gifts of God. They are free, and the Holy Spirit wants to help you share the Gospel.
Praying with people is one of the best ways I've found to evangelize. I usually just walk up to someone and say: "I'm praying for people today, can I pray for you?" Most of the time they say, "yeah that's fine", and start to walk away, so I tell them I mean right where we are. Then we pray (eyes closed or not) and wait on God. That usually opens up a discussion afterward. I've noticed people respond better to prayer, than to me saying: "Do you know Jesus?" I think it has to do with showing you care, rather than just trying to make a convert. You're saying that you want good things for their life whether they become a Christian that day or not. That's powerful.
When we pray, we show people that we actually believe that God can impact their lives. We believe He is real, and we aren't trying to convince them with words until after they've experienced His presence. That way prayer is the introduction to the Gospel, not just an afterthought.
If you pay attention throughout the Gospels, you'll see that Jesus usually showed love through being intentional before He taught. People believed in Him because of the encounter, then they were more willing to listen when He spoke.
If we keep our eyes open for opportunities, we will see they are all around us. Ask God to create an opportunity for you to pray for someone this week, then share the grace that's been given to you.
Side note: If there is someone you always pray for but never with, call them and pray with them.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.