Step 1: Pray
You + God, "Pray" is the foundation to a life on mission. It's about getting into God’s presence and being filled with the Holy Spirit every day.

Being able to talk to people about Jesus starts with prayer – but maybe not in the way you think.

Sometimes we get caught up in a one way conversation with God. But there are three important parts of prayer to remember when we’re living ‘Life on Mission’.

The first is getting into God’s presence. It doesn’t matter where or when you do this, or even how long, it’s just important that you do it. It can be as simple as saying, ‘I’m here God, I love you, how do you want to use me today?’ And then through worship and reading the Bible, allow yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

The second part is praying for whoever He puts on your heart. It could be people you’ve just met, or it could be those you’ve been praying for for many years.

Finally, the Bible says to pray without ceasing - this is the third part. And while it sounds like a challenge, if you think of it as a running conversation between you and your Heavenly Father, praying for the people and situations around you moment by moment, it can be really powerful.

Challenge yourself to practice this for an hour, then a few hours, then a whole day. You’ll be amazed at what happens.

Scriptural Support

  • Colossians 4:2

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17

    Pray without ceasing.

  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4

    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people…this is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

  • Ephesians 6:18

    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

  • 1 John 5:14

    This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Key Points

  • Get into God’s presence and be filled with the Holy Spirit every day.
  • Ask God, “please use me” daily.
  • Pray for the people the Holy Spirit puts on your heart.
  • Pray continuously for the people and situations around you.

Action Points

  • Set aside a few minutes today to pray and ask God, “please use me today”.
  • Listen to worship music and get into God’s presence.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit who to pray for and make a list of all the names that come to mind (especially of those who don’t know Jesus).
  • Practice praying ‘without ceasing’ by talking to God throughout the rest of your day, recognising his presence in every situation, and praying for the people and circumstances around you.
  • Find a friend to pray with next time – it can be very powerful.