Tag: watchful and thankful
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)
Scripture reading for September 11th: Colossians 4
In order to live successfully with a continual view towards heaven and God’s will, Paul encouraged the Colossians to pray specifically. “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. (Colossians 4:2-4)
Paul knew that prayer was a key to fruitfulness and protection from the forces of evil. Believers must be watchful against the tide of evil in the culture as well as the schemes of Satan through false doctrine and teachers. (Colossians 2:7) Thankfulness is a state of humility that continually acknowledges God’s generous supply of all things in every circumstance.
Paul also asked for prayer himself. Although in jail, he didn’t ask to be set free. He asked for a open door for the Gospel message. Asked for empowerment to preach clearly and effectively, sharing the mystery of Jesus Christ, God’s Son and Savior of the world. This lead naturally to the next instructions!
Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders, make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know hot to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6) Believers are called to reach the lost–those outside the family of God. Watchfulness in prayer also includes recognizing opportunities to share the Gospel. Our conversations and life must exhibit the freedom of living under God’s grace. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to give answers to the questions and objections of the lost. Prayer and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit season our speech with salt, making the lost thirsty for God!
Scripture reading for October 8th: Colossians 3:18-4:18
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) This Scripture is a summary of how Christ living in us should transform our lives. This kind of living can only come from a life of prayer and intimate contact with God Himself. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit and love of God daily and this will be reflected practically in how we live at home and at work.
Paul’s instruction to this company of “holy and faithful brothers” included practical advice on getting along in the home and workplace. Wives were told to submit to God’s order in the home because of God’s design. Husbands were reminded to love their wives and not be harsh with them. Children were told to please the Lord by obedience to parents. Fathers were again reminded to be gentle towards their children. Employees were encouraged to work for their employers as unto the Lord and expect a reward from God for doing that. Masters should treat employees fairly. God will show no favorites. (Colossians 3:18-25)
“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.” (Colossians 4:2-4) As we pray, we put our focus on the unseen world of God’s throne and He makes us aware of dangers as well as opportunities. We sense God’s heart and begin to want what He wants.
As Paul told these believers to devote themselves to prayer, he asked for prayer himself. He was in chains in a Roman prison, but he did not ask for a deliverance. Instead he asked for open doors for ministry of the Gospel of Christ. He knew that without prayer, ministry would not happen. He asked for boldness and clarity of speech to know how to present the message to each open heart. His focus was not on himself, but on Christ’s call and purpose that he longed to complete.
May the Lord help each of us to be devoted to prayer. If we live a life of prayer, we will find more opportunities to fulfill our calling!