In Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied, I talk about how asking good questions is a way to a deeper conversation.

Don Whitney recommends a question I have also used a number of times. Ask the Lord to help you use it in the next few days.

Over and over I’ve seen one simple question open people’s hearts to hear the gospel. Until I asked this question, they showed no interest in spiritual matters. But then after six words—only seventeen letters in English—I’ve seen people suddenly begin to weep and their resistance fall. The question is, “How can I pray for you?”

This may not seem like such a powerful question to you. Perhaps that’s because you hear it, or a question like it, quite often. Your Bible study group or your church prayer meeting asks for prayer requests every week. You may even see requests for prayer solicited each Sunday morning in the worship bulletin.

But realize that most people in the world never hear such a question. And while many churchgoers know that a minister is willing to pray for them, in some traditions they’re expected to make a special donation to the church for such services. So when you ask, “How can I pray for you?” and it’s obvious that you’re asking out of love alone, it can touch a person more deeply than you imagine.

Will you pray for the opportunity to ask that question? The Lord will open a door for you to!

While here, don’t forget to check out Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied to help you talk about Jesus.