Praying for B.O.B. Daily!

Yesterday in the service we spoke of our “simple duty” to share the truth with others that God loves them and gave His son to prove that love. We talked about sharing the good news with the world and fulfilling the “great commission” of our King Jesus. We should do all we can to prepare ourselves to witness to others as often as possible.
There is an evangelist, speaker, and disciple trainer named Mark Cahill and he helps equip Christians to share their faith with the world. One thing I heard him say made a lot of since to me and I believe we should put it into practice. He said before he leaves his house he always prays for BOB! When someone asked who is Bob, he responded “it is not a person it is an acronym ”. Mark explained it is a prayer to God for what I need to be an effective witness each day based out of 3 things Paul, the greatest missionary in history, said to the early church.
B = A Burden for all people. We must remember every person who has not confessed to be a sinner, repented of sin, and placed belief or trust in the completed work of Jesus Christ is still dead in their transgressions and the wrath of God is upon them. This should burden our hearts, so ask God daily to give you a burden for the lost. Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
O = An Opportunity for witnessing. Colossians 4:2-6 Paul is asking the people to pray for open doors for the message, so they can proclaim the message of Jesus clearly with others. He also tells them to be wise and make the most of every opportunity they have to witness. So ask for opportunities for yourself and others before your day starts.
B = A Boldness to seize the opportunities given. Ephesians 6:18-20 Twice Paul asks the people of Ephesus to pray for him to be able to proclaim the truth of God’s Word boldly as he should. We too should be bold in proclaiming the truth so always remember to ask God to help you stay bold.
So I hope this little acronym helps you as a witness for Jesus Christ. Be sure each morning when you rise, thank God for your blessings but then pray for B.O.B. = a burden for the lost, an opportunity to witness, and a boldness to match that opportunity. Tell someone about God’s love for them this week.
In His Service,
Eric Barnes

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