We cannot underestimate the importance bringing them before God by name and asking that they would come to know Him. I keep a prayer list of folks on my phone that prompts me with reminders. I jot down names of friends and family members, job concerns, and where they are in life to assist me in knowing how to pray into their lives.
Additionally, prayer paves the way as we seek the Lord for opportunities to engage them and their willingness, readiness, and ability to be present for such invitations and conversations. Prayer doesn’t just pave the way for them, but also for us. We ask God to give us a heart after His for the lost, for time to invest in their lives, and for wisdom and discernment in doing so.
Prayer paves the way in all things, but at times can be overlooked amidst an action oriented approach to evangelism. Yet God knows our hearts and the hearts of those in whom we will invest better than anyone. As a result, we should be quick to prayer, seeing it as the first act of evangelism. And as we do, stand ready and obedient to the Lord’s direction to faithfully point others toward Him.