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Series: Luis Palau | Bringing People to Jesus

On “Reaching Your World” this week, Luis Palau once again gives practical help on how to bring people to Jesus Christ.  We each can find our own key to living and witnessing by the power of the Lord.

Pray Friday, March 22, 2019

I recently returned home from a trip to Africa. I had been meeting with leaders in preparation for an upcoming festival. We had a strong invitation from the main alliance of pastors, but were struggling to get the final two groups on board. We’d been at it for a long time, but things weren’t coming together. Regardless of how hard we tried, unity was evasive. Yet, we prayed. We could do nothing to help the situation. It was up to God. And, at the last moment, it all worked out. I know this breakthrough was the direct result of prayer and passionate intercession. Only God could work in such a miraculous way.

I bring this up because, as I flew back to the United States, I was reminded of our desperate reliance on God Himself. We need Him to move, act, and do the things that we are unable to accomplish in our own strength. This is why we pray – expectantly, desperately, and boldly.

What are you desperate for God to do in your life? Or, in the lives of your children? Come before Him and pray. Ask Him to move mightily. James 5 says that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” As followers of Jesus, we are welcome to come before God with our earnest pleas. He will hear us. And, He’ll open doors for us to share His answers with our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Be on the Lookout Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reaching those around us for the Lord requires more than just prayer. God wants us to pray and he also wants us to talk to our loved ones about Him. Even if you don’t consider yourself adequate, you are the best person to reach those around you.

Begin simply with your interests and associations to start building relationships. If you’re interested in football, befriend the people at your school who play football. If you enjoy fishing, plan a trip with a neighbor and pray for an opportunity to share the Gospel. If you belong to a community group, pray to be used to bring someone to Jesus.

We can all be praying for those we know by name, as we begin to develop relationships with those around us. The Holy Spirit will prompt us and give us opportunities to share the love of Jesus. Be on the lookout for that moment and do not let it go by.

If we continue to pray, our eyes will be open to the people around us who need Jesus. As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” So let’s pray for opportunities to win people to Christ, and be ready for them when the opportunities arrive.

This is Luis Palau.

Persistent Prayer Wednesday, March 20, 2019

In order to reach our world for Christ, we must cultivate hearts of compassion like Jesus. Jesus loved those who were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” You might ask, but Luis, where do I begin?

As always, prayer is a place to start. As Matthew says, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into his harvest field.” We need to pray for workers who are already actively involved in evangelism, and those yet to be sent out.

We can also pray for those who have yet to trust Jesus. Make a list of your unsaved family members, friends, neighbors, and classmates. Pray regularly for each person by name. Be persistent. To God, no amount of time is too long.

My wife and I know an elderly woman who prayed for 68 years for her brother’s salvation. When he was 80 years old, shortly before he died, he finally confessed the Lord Jesus as Savior. Not only was he brought into eternal life, imagine the joy that woman received when the Lord answered her prayers. Imagine what God will do when all of His people pray persistently for their lost loved ones. People will be changed!

This is Luis Palau. 

We're not all Evangelists Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Many followers of Christ don’t feel they have the gift of evangelism. Their picture of evangelism is public speaking, preaching in front of big crowds, and loudly proclaiming Jesus’ name in a spotlight.  God hasn’t made everyone to be preachers. You can have a deep heart for the lost even if you don’t have the gift of evangelism.

Take my father-in-law, Willard, a wonderful man who was such a quiet engineer. I couldn’t imagine him saying more than a couple of lines when witnessing to others. But he had a deep burden for his old college buddies. As a result, anytime I spoke in town, he brought one or more of them, and let them hear me proclaim. He didn’t give up on those he loved because he wanted them to know Jesus.  But Willard brought them.

The secret is living and witnessing by the power of the Lord. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a teacher, an accountant, or whatever. The Bible says, “Whoever who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.” Be faithful where you are, and the Lord will open doors for you. Believe me, amazing things will happen as you begin to reach your world. The Lord will use you and give you just the right words and just the right approach.

This is Luis Palau.

One Soul at a Time Monday, March 18, 2019

The Bible says some very sad things about the hopelessness and agony of the lost. Hell is described as a place of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Doesn’t sound like a place where you’d want to spend eternity, does it? If we believe the Bible, we are called to have a passion for rescuing the lost. Instead of halfheartedly wishing an unsaved friend would be saved, be driven to win that person for Jesus.

We can lose hope, when our friends and relatives seem hardened against the Good News Gospel. But keep praying; realize the fragility of life. Show your loved ones His presence by living righteously.

The Bible says “the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” It brings fruit in its season. The rest of the verse says “And he (or she) who wins souls is wise.” If our souls live forever, isn’t the greatest wisdom to tell another’s soul about the living God? Even if we tell the same person over and over, the Lord’s timing is right. Trust in Him to work in the hearts of those you love, and the world will change, one soul at a time!

This is Luis Palau. 

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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