"You don't know how many people have sat down with us and told us their stories and life problems based on that one little question," Lonnie Jones said at Evangelism University this past weekend in Savannah, Tennessee. It's such a simple question, and yet it can have a profound impact on people's lives.
So today, I will post every other morning the same question - how can I pray for you today? And whoever responds with a need, I will go to God in prayer for that person.
I am also going to start asking our waiter/waitress at restaurants the same question before we eat a meal. (Probably not a good idea to ask this at a fast-food place because it's not the same setting.)
For a long time I have wondered what I can do to share Christ with others, and the answer was so simple and so profound that I never would have thought of it myself. Just ask how or what you can pray for someone. It's not hostile, it's not intrusive. Most people may probably just say, "Nothing, that's ok, thanks." But others may pour their hearts out to you, and you can pray for them. So simple.
As per social norms in our society today, it's normal for us to "not be in other people's business." That guy who brings the food to my table has his own life and I don't need to mess with him. But Jesus loved people so much that He didn't want them to walk away without first hearing the Good News.
Asking the prayer question can make a phenomenal impact on your life, and I'm excited to see what God will do when I am bold enough to start asking.