The greatest way to prepare for service-based outreach to our lost friends and neighbors is to pray. Before you plan the next service project, consider trying one or more of the following prayer-evangelism tools:
The "empty chair" prayer — Leave one chair empty during each group meeting to represent one or more lost friends. Ask your group members to gather around the chair and pray for the salvation of the lost people in their "oikos" (sphere of influence).
Prayer partners — Pair up group members who will pray daily for each other's lost friends. These partners can hold each other accountable.
Concert prayer for the lost — Introduce a new kind of prayer to your group! At your next meeting, ask them to stand and pray aloud simultaneously for the salvation of specific lost friends. It can be noisy, but it's a powerful "rumble" of prayer that puts Satan on notice!
Prayerwalking — Walk in pairs through a targeted community, praying for salvation to come to each home or apartment you walk past. This is a great way to prepare a new host home for your group meetings.
Create a "Blessing List" or "Most Wanted" Poster — Use a pre-printed poster or a piece of butcher paper and write the names of lost people on it. Post it on the wall and pray for these people each week, making plans to connect them to the members between meetings.