The person without the Spirit does not accept the
things that come from the Spirit of God but considers
them foolishness, and cannot understand them because
they are discerned only through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14
A communications strategy is important if we want to get a message across – be that advertising a company’s products, conveying vital information, or inviting our friends and family to a social get together. Crafting the message and choosing the right communication channel for your target audience takes great skill. But what if the desired audience is deaf? Or blind? Or speaks a different language? Or even is dead? The Scriptures use designations like these to describe non-believers. We may desire to be Messengers of the Gospel, but is anyone listening to our message?
When Paul was appointed by God as a witness to the Gentiles, he was told that he was being sent to ‘open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins’ (Acts 26:18). The conversion of all unbelievers involves this same rescue from being under the power of Satan. We should not be surprised, therefore, if there is an element of spiritual warfare in someone coming to faith in Christ. The good news is that the price for their release has already been paid by Jesus on the cross. Satan is defeated, so now has limited power for a limited time.
Yet spiritual warfare requires spiritual weapons, and key amongst these is prayer. Paul understood this as a first and vital component in communicating the gospel: ‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message’ (Colossians 4:2-3). If we desire that our friends and colleagues hear the gospel message, we need to pray for blind eyes to be opened, deaf ears unstopped, and deadened spirits to be quickened. Only then can they see, hear and respond.
Next Monday (2 November), LICC is launching a revised Pray4Life journey which is designed to encourage and equip us as we seek open a door for the gospel through our prayers.
Sign up at licc.org.uk/prayerworks to join this important journey!