How to Pray from Your Heart

At times, we may feel that we have to impress God when we pray. We remember the eloquent, graceful prayers we’ve heard others pray, and we try to imitate them. “After all, I want God to answer my prayers. I’d better make sure they’re just right,” we think. 

However, trying to be more acceptable to God with our prayers is not only unnecessary. It’s also harmful to our understanding of God. He is not a Teacher handing out grades. He is a Father listening to His beloved children.

If you have a personal relationship with Christ, God loves to hear your prayers. (Join us at our church in Sydney Mines  to learn how to start a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.) 

However, God doesn’t want you to try to impress Him with your prayers. He wants you to pray humbly, honestly, and confidently.

Here are 4 tips to help you pray from your heart.


3 Ways to Reach People for Christ

“Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.” -D. Elton Trueblood


As Christians, God has sent each of us to share the gospel with people around us. But, sometimes Christians are hesitant to share the gospel. We may fear rejection, or we may not have a clear plan for witnessing. Not sure where to start?

Here are 3 simple ways to reach people for Christ.

1) Pray daily.

The most important Person in any witnessing conversation is God the Holy Spirit. Without His participation, our words will be empty and fruitless. 


Jesus described the Holy Spirit’s ministry in John 16, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;” (John 16:8-9)


Effective witnessing doesn’t start with talking to people. It starts with talking to God. 


Before you ever open your mouth, get on your knees, and pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their lives.


-Pray that He will make them aware of their personal sin and need for Christ.

-Pray that He will prepare their hearts to hear the gospel.

-Pray that He will remove any obstacles to them accepting Christ.

-Pray that He will give you an opportunity to share the gospel and a heart of compassion for them.


If you want to reach someone for Christ, start with prayer. 

2) Invite them to your home.

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus ministered to publicans and sinners. He spoke truth both in the public marketplace and in the private home. Our homes can be effective centres for reaching people who may not come out to church.


You can invite someone to your house for coffee and dessert, for dinner, or for a bonfire. Treat them as you would a brother or sister in Christ—with kindness and acceptance. Be open about your faith in Christ. 


Stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and look for an opening to share your salvation testimony. Always stay focused on reaching them for Christ. When the time is right, explain the gospel clearly. 


Also, you can invite them to do a six- or eight-week Bible study with you. You can order Bible studies about the family, marriage, etc. that include the gospel message. Ask your pastor for recommendations.


Inviting people to your home can be a wonderful way to show them the love of Christ.

3) Invite them to church.

Another great way to reach people for Christ is to invite them to church with you. If transportation is an obstacle, offer them a drive.


At our church in North Sydney, we also have free transportation available. Just call (902) 304-4707 to arrange for a drive.


Attending church will expose people to both the truth of God’s Word and the influence of God’s people. They can hear the gospel and respond to it.


When your church holds evangelistic meetings, Christmas programs, or outreach events, invite people. You can text an invitation, hand out flyers, or share posts on your social media. But a face-to-face invitation is the most effective. 


Remember—you don’t need to wait for a special event to invite someone to church. God can always work through the preaching of His Word. Why not invite someone to our church in North Sydney with you this weekend?


If you want to reach people for Christ, you don’t have to know all the answers. You don’t need a degree in theology or years of experience. 


You just need to love people as Christ did and share the truth—that Jesus saves!


Will you reach out to people to share the gospel? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 


For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email


How to Witness to Your Family

As Christians, we are often deeply concerned for the spiritual need of family members who have not accepted Christ. Yet they seem indifferent and resistant to the truth.

What can we do reach our families with the gospel?

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