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The first step for a lighthouse is prayer, or better said, “to talk to God about your neighbors before you talk to your neighbors about God.” Intercede for your neighbors as the Holy Spirit leads you, and be sure to pray for “divine appointments” or encounters to interact with them. As you begin praying for them, are you starting to feel compassion for them? Do you feel a burden for their needs and spiritual welfare? Listen for God speaking to you, leading you what to do next.

Scripture references for praying for others:

  • Matthew 5:44“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
  • 1 Timothy 2:1“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”
  • Colossians 4:2-4 “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.”

 

IDEAS for PRAYING

  • Begin by listing 3 or 4 people you know who don't know Christ. Then, start praying for them. Consider finding a Christian friend — or even two — to pray with you.
  • Next you may want to make a simple map of your neighborhood or apartment building — or a seating chart at your school or place of employment. Then add the names of neighbors, classmates or co-workers to the map or chart.
  • You can "walk and pray" (known as prayerwalking) your neighborhood, office or campus — either physically or at home using your map or chart!
  • Pray regularly as you learn more about your neighbors. Add information, such as children's names, etc., to your "prayer map.”

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