Well just say a crowded restaurant is the sea. You look around and across the faces of the people in the room and if the Lord wants you to minister one will stand out. The best way I can explain it is that you need to look away from the one that you think is standing out and look around the room again. When you come back to look at the person again and they are still standing out you can just look at them for a while.
Then comes the time where you go to the captain. When I see a person in a crowded place and they stand out, I will ask the Lord does He want me to talk to them. He will normally reply with a yes, or to some The Spirit will give you a sort of resonance in your spirit. Then it’s just a matter of waiting on the Lord for the message, which doesn’t take long. As soon as the Lord gives you the message, that is normally enough confirmation in order to proceed.
Now I don’t know about your city or where you live, but in Sydney where I live you are pretty much considered weird if you approach total strangers on the street. And so, no matter how long you are doing this, there can always be some amount of trepidation. One time I was sitting at Mc Donald’s and sipping on a really large coke, and I looked across and saw a really really attractive young girl about 22 years old. I looked at her and then looked away and once again my eyes went to her. For a single guy this can be difficult to discern. Does this girl seem to be standing out to me because she is so attractive or is she glowing because the Lord wants me to speak to her?
Well it only takes a question to the Lord to find out. Yes on this occasion the Lord wanted me to speak to her. You’d think that would be easy for me to approach a young girl that any guy would like to chat to, but the opposite transpired. I was 38 and so somewhat older then her, and there was another girl sitting right next to her. Suddenly I was too scared to approach her. I was worried what she might think of me approaching her, because a lot of the time a single girl will assume you are coming to chat her up, and secondly I didn’t want the girl next to her listening in and watching me be embarrassed.
I told the Lord I wasn’t going to approach her. This was a first for me. I had faithfully delivered hundreds of messages to people up till this point. The Lord Jesus asked me what was my reason for not agreeing to approach her.
“She’s too pretty Lord,” I said.
“So if she wasn’t pretty you’d approach her for me. But because she is so pretty you can’t approach her for me?”
“Yes that’s right!” There was also the fact that I didn’t want to look a fool in front of the girl that was sitting next to her, but when you are making excuses why you are disobeying the leading of the Lord, you don’t happily like to make too many.
“Will you at least listen to what I want you to say to her?” the Lord Jesus asked.
“Tell her that I have been listening to her prayers and that I know that she feels that I am not hearing her prayers. Tell her that what she is praying for is not what I want for her life and that even though that may seem harsh I have something better for her in the future that is a lot better then what she is asking for. Tell her I love her and tell her that she is making me happy in the way she is conducting her Christian walk and to have faith and trust me that I know what I am doing.”
So as you can see by the end of that I knew that the girl was a Christian. When I contemplated the prophetic word and whether I would appreciate someone giving it to me I had to admit if I was praying for something really dear to my heart and not seeing any progress I would like to hear the bad news rather then continuing to pray a prayer that wasn’t in line with God’s will.
So dear reader, it is often the word the Lord gives you that helps you over the line when it comes to the fear of men.
On this occasion even though I heard the word I was still struggling with approaching such a stunning girl. I stayed there and was sipping my coke and contemplating how I could wiggle out of it.
Then Jesus said to me. “Of course you can be like other Christians. You can pretend that I didn’t ask you to do this and just walk out and ignore her. It’s your choice Matthew. I am not going to force you. But consider this. Even pretty girls need answers from Me.”
I took another sip of coke, breathed in deeply, and went over and delivered the message. As I delivered it I saw her change from doubting the message to strong confirmation when she realized the Lord was talking about the need she was praying for. Words of knowledge do that all the time, they bring strong confirmation in the person being ministered to.
Okay, now that you know I am a bit of a coward, LOL. Let me say I have delivered 100% of the personal words that the Lord has given me for another person. This is something that I am happy with. Not that I am boasting in saying this, but I still have sin in my life and so it makes me happy that at least in this area I am obedient the Lord.
Now for the second way I use prophetic evangelism. Request personal prophecy This occurs when without being given a word from the Lord for a person I am just sitting by them or walking past them in my business of conducting life. I will always initiate conversations at every opportunity I get. If I am sitting on a bus I will start a conversation with the person next to me. This is something I am very good at, as I drove a cab for six years and before that I was in Amway and was always trying to get new people to join the business and had to approach strangers. Tips that can start conversations that can lead to prophetic evangelism.
Wherever you are, no matter what you are doing try and make eye contact with people. As you are walking down the street make a habit of meeting people in the eye and saying hello in words or in a nod.
Whenever you come across a person standing still or sitting still next to you, try and strike up a conversation.
“How did work treat you today?”
People are generally open about that.
If you ask people a question about what they do for work. Do they enjoy it? If they had a choice of careers would their current job be their top choice? What would you do if time and money were not a problem for you, would you still do your job?
Then if you have time you can ask them a question about there family life. Are they married? Have they children. If they have, how old and what are their names? If they haven’t do they plan on it? You get the picture ladies you know how to do this.
Then the third question that works pretty well is… what do you do to have fun when you are not working? Asking in depth and intelligent questions about their sport or leisure will put them at ease.
In all the questions, you are not being a cop, but you are allowing them to talk about things that are important to them. They are talking about their job and their dream job. They are talking about their family and the people they love. And they are talking about their favorite leisure activity. Believe me, the more you ask, the more they will open up.
Very FEW people indeed have EVER asked me, “Why all the questions?” I could say that less then twenty people have said that to me in ten years and I have had thousands of conversations.