The Apostle Paul was sitting in prison as he penned the following sentence: “pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ.” (Colossians 4:3)
Perhaps he was praying for the prison doors to open. But knowing Paul, he was more concerned about the salvation of others than his own personal comfort. He had probably evangelized everyone in the prison and was anxious to reach others. He was probably frustrated that he could not speak the gospel to new people…. thus his prayer.
One of the most foundational principles in evangelism is to pray for contacts. Many of us live in our own little bubble. We don’t have natural avenues for contact with non-Christians. It is easy to be caught up in our own little world… our private ghetto. Therefore we need to be looking and praying for opportunities.
One of the ways that prayer works is that prayer works on us. The fact that we are praying for something raises our awareness. Once we start praying for doors to open we start looking for open doors.
But even beyond that, for some reason, God responds to our prayers and gives unique circumstances in our lives that thrust us into the lives of others. Prayer does impact our evangelism and many times it is simply orchestrating the events of our lives to give us redemptive relationships.