If you want to minister to others, then you must have a plan. You have to be prepared (at least I do). I’m not an off-the-cuff kind of guy. I have to get myself ready to help others by rehearsing in my mind what I want to do before it happens.
Be Prepared to Minister
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
Many times the opportunity to minister to another human being comes along suddenly. It pops up when you least expect it. Caught off guard, you might miss the chance to be an ambassador for Christ.
For example, you are at a restaurant and your server is extremely slow and the food is cold. The server asks you if there is anything else you need, and you are tempted to treat her like her actions deserve. But instead, you respond by saying, “Thank you for serving me today, and by the way, as I pray over my food I would like to know if there is anything I can pray for you about?” Who knows? The server may already be feeling guilty and embarrassed by their service and surprised by your gracious response. They could be going through a terrible crisis in their lives, and they open up to you and provide an opportunity for you to minister to them (and perhaps introduce them to Jesus). excerpted from Someone Will Sin Against You Today, Are You Ready?
What harm is there in asking someone, that appears to be having a bad day, if there is anyway you can pray for them? I can certainly do this. It seems like a very easy and great way to minister to another human being that would probably welcome it.
Do Not Make It Too Difficult
Often, when I imagine ways to reach others with the Gospel, I make it too difficult. Recognizing and responding to someone that just needs a little prayer is an awesome way to open a door that may make an eternal difference.