Praying for open doors!
Scripture reading for September 12th: Colossians 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Colossians 4:2-4 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should.”
Paul was in chains for preaching the Gospel but was not hindered from encouraging the Church! He knew that prayer was a key factor in evangelism and that missionaries and apostles especially needed prayer. He did not want to be left out as the church in Colossae prayed. He told them to devote themselves to prayer and to be watchful in the Spirit over themselves and those laboring for the Gospel. He did not ask prayer to be released from his chains, but rather for clarity and boldness in preaching the message and an open door to share Christ. He asked that he might have appropriate responses to each person that would salt them with the knowledge or hunger for Christ Jesus!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers must be devoted to prayer for open doors each day among those the Lord puts in their path. Prayer for boldness and clarity is appropriate and commanded! “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1)