Discovering your testimony
“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” —Psalm 139:13-14
Prayer can pave a solid foundation for everything you do. It opens up your line of communication to God, helping to focus your thoughts on His divine mission and filling your heart with a passion for serving Him. John 16:24 states, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
Jesus is inviting you to come before God in His name and make your petition known. You’ve joined Mission: Pro-Life because you are passionate about taking God’s Word to women facing unplanned pregnancies. This is a worthy ministry to join, but we know from experienced veterans that it can be emotionally draining and exhausting. That’s why we encourage you to root your efforts in both prayer and scripture, equipping yourself to bring glory to God.
PTL Member Ron C. (Ontario) shared that after he studied with the Evangelism Bootcamp, he began evangelizing as God led. One time he and a friend had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a woman preparing to get an abortion. That day, the words God gave them changed the heart of this woman. She chose to give her child life. Ron says, “Although she didn’t come to salvation that day, we know good seeds were planted and the life of her child was spared. We are hoping she will still come to know Christ. I believe there is a mighty movement of God coming, and I want to be prepared to be in His service.”
Do you want to be prepared to be in God’s service? What kind of impact do you want to have on the women in your community? God can equip you if you’re just willing to dive into His scriptures and root His Word into your heart.
Let’s start our lesson with a scripture-based model for prayer. It’s called The ACTS model.
Express your love and adoration of God. Humble yourself before His perfect greatness and infinite love. To help you get started, reflect upon I Peter 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.”
Unconfessed sin can hinder our prayers. Psalm 66:18-19 shows what happens when you let sin linger. “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” Don’t let unconfessed sin be the hindrance to your ministry. Before you make your requests, purify your heart by searching for anything you might need to set right before God.
Reflect upon the good things God has already done for you. Thank Him for the blessings, lessons, and provisions, etc. that He has bestowed upon you. I Chronicles 16:34: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
In other words, ask. Once you’ve prayerfully completed the first three steps, ask God for your desires. Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Want to dive deeper into scripture? Focus on:
Ephesians 6:12-20 • John 17:24-26 • Colossians 4:2 • Hebrews 4:16
Learning how to pray in a way you feel comfortable and uninhibited is a big step for many Christians. When I first came to Christ, I listened to others pray and tried to replicate their prayers as my own. That method never bought me closer to God. It wasn’t until I found my own approach — my own voice before God — that I grew in my communication with Him. Use the ACTS model as a guide, but strive for the realism and natural tone of your own voice as you speak with God.
The same is true of how you speak to others in your evangelism efforts. A “canned” approach will come out feeling like a sales script. We’re not selling anything; we’re offering grace and peace. One of the most effective ways to reach the hurting women you'll encounter in your Pro-Life ministry is to share your own testimony. Supported with scripture, your words can have a powerful impact.
Many who choose to serve in the Pro-Life ministry are moved by a passion developed through their own life experiences. I’m passionate about it because I’ve never been able to conceive. Thus, without the strength and courage of a woman choosing to give life to her unborn child, I wouldn’t be blessed with my son today. She chose adoption — not abortion — and she is forever my hero.
Show others that you care by trying to view life through their perspective. Share scriptures that reveal God’s love and provision. Offer hope through resources in your area. That’s the gist of it. Over the next few days we’ll dive further into unpacking that process, but for now, contemplate your personal testimony. What drives you to minister to women facing unplanned pregnancies? If you only have seconds to speak with someone considering an abortion, what do you most want them to know?
Write out your motivation for serving women facing unplanned pregnancies. As illustrated with my brief testimony, short statements are fitting for this ministry. We often have only minutes (or seconds) to make an impact.
Tomorrow we’ll review our “why” statements and learn to support them with scripture.
Before you get started, consider praying with the ACTS model as your guide, concluding by asking God to help craft your testimony from your personal life experiences and passions.
Lord Almighty, Thank you that you are Holy and gracious, blessing me with the ability to serve you. Thank you for the opportunity to study your Word and learn more about how you would have me serve. Forgive me for times I have taken a blind eye to those hurting around me. I want to do better at sharing your Word, offering hope to the hurting. Thank you for giving me a heart that aches to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. Now, Lord, lift me up and prepare me for this mission, equipping me to serve as you see fit. In Jesus’s name, I ask and believe. Amen.
Join the Conversation!
Share your thoughts, insights and questions in the comments section below. Below are some discussion questions to get the conversation started:
- What beliefs do you hold about the power of prayer impacting your ability to serve?
- How has prayer impacted your spiritual strength and maturity in the past?
- Going back to our assignment for today’s lesson, how has thinking through your testimony helped you see how God has prompted you to serve in this ministry?