Posted by: Misti McHatton on May 18, 2011
In our training material, Prayer-Care-Share is defined as:
1. Prayer - to ask God for opportunities to give a testimony
2. Care - to reach out and meet the needs of others as God leads
3. Share - to explain one's relationship with Jesus Christ and his offer of salvation when the right circumstance presents itself and be prepared to lead the person into a relationship with Jesus
I believe another way to define PCS, is to simply be the hands and feet of Jesus. I think as Christians we can easily make “witnessing” something scary and complicated, whereas the reality is that it should be the easiest thing we do.
If we are truly spending time with and getting to know our Heavenly Father, we will catch His heart for His people. Out of that will flow His love and help for those in need, whether praying for people, meeting their physical needs or sharing our relationship with Christ with others.
Beyond this, the concept of PCS hits at the selfishness of man, especially in times of crisis. Human nature is to protect and defend what is ours. As that security is threatened, through natural or man-made disasters, the instinct is to protect one’s self and loved ones.
However, as Christians, we are called to move beyond ourselves and into service. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 tells us, “The love of Christ controls us, because we know that One died for all, so all have died. Christ died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from the dead so that they would live for him” (NCV). Our lives should be spent in living for Christ. But what does this look like?
2 Corinthians 6:6 explains: “We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love, by speaking the truth and by God’s power.” We also know from scripture that “There is no greater love than laying down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Christian history is filled with stories of people who laid down their lives for the sake of others. This is something that should be the norm and not the exception. It isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do, but with the guidance and help of the Holy Spirit, ALL things are possible.