Welcome back to the Discipleship blog series. If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can find them here.
Last time we learned about the importance of finding that Person of Peace.
This week we will learn about the BLESS pattern for prayer.
It is true that one of the very best ways to identify a potential person of peace is to offer to pray for him or her. This will pretty quickly get to the point of whether this person is willing to engage with you on spiritual matters.
Here are five ways you can pray for people you meet during your Prayer Walk:
As you walk and pray, be alert for opportunities and listen for promptings by God’s Spirit to pray for individuals and groups you meet along the way.
You can say, “We’re praying for this community, is there anything in particular we can pray for you about?” Or say, “I’m praying for this area. Do you know anything in particular we should pray for?” After listening to their response, you can ask about their own needs. If they share, pray for them right away. If the Lord leads, you may pray about other needs as well.
Use the word B.L.E.S.S. to help you remember 5 different ways you can pray:
• Body [health]
• Labour [job and finances]
• Emotional [morale]
• Social [relationships]
• Spiritual [knowing and loving God more]
In most cases, people are grateful you care enough to pray.
If the person is not a Christian, your prayer may open the door to a spiritual conversation and an opportunity to share your story and God’s story. You can invite them to be a part of a Discovery Bible study or even host one in their home.
If the person is a Christian, you can invite them to join your Prayer Walk or train them how they can Prayer Walk and use simple steps like praying for areas of influence or the B.L.E.S.S. Prayer to grow God’s family even more.
So go out and practice this. God will bless your faithfulness with fruit.