"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one." Colossians 4:2-6
Many of us gravitate toward the stories of those who overcome the odds; people who go from a place of tragedy to a place of triumph. We find these stories compelling. We are drawn in as we hear of those who were hopeless and yet found hope. But how often do we consider the reality that as Christians, this is our story.
The Scriptures are clear that we are all born spiritually lost, poor and without hope, but through Jesus we can be given new life. But how often do we stop and stand in awe of the change that we have experienced? Or, to go a step further, how often do we SHARE our story of redemption with others in hope that they will see their own need for salvation and believe?
Colossians is a letter about Christ and His work of changing people. Paul has dealt thoroughly with the redemption of believers in the first three chapters, but as he moves toward his conclusion he encourages the reader to consider their own responsibility in sharing the Good News about Jesus.
In today’s devotional passage Paul speaks to three areas of life that we must consider if we are serious about sharing the Gospel: The way we pray, the way we live and the way we speak. Today I will focus on the way we pray.
Pray with a focus on the work of the Gospel in our own lives
Pray watchfully with an eye toward Christ’s return
Pray thankfully for the work of the Gospel in your life
Pray that God would provide open doors to share the Gospel
Pray that God would give us boldness and the right words when sharing the Gospel
Church - we will accomplish more on our knees than we will ever accomplish on our feet. "Continue earnestly in prayer..."
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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