Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it (prayer) with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ,” Colossians 4:2–3
Prayer! I am so thankful for it. God, our Father made a way that we could talk directly with Him. Not only that, if we learn to listen, God talks to us when we are in prayer and thanksgiving. We can actually converse with God, our Heavenly Father! What a great privilege and honor. Prayer is also a time to talk with God about others who need His help and encouragement. Today’s passage gives us direction on how to pray for others. It says meanwhile, or at the same time, we are earnestly and intensely praying, we should be diligently praying that God would open the doors for us and others, that there would be new opportunities to share the Word of God, the good news and to talk about the mystery of our salvation in Christ Jesus with those around us, wherever we are.
We know we are to share the love of God with others, the problem is somewhere along the line we got the idea that we should just go out and do it, never considering that prayer and preparation are needed to be effective. Paul told the church to pray for God to open the door for his team to get the Word out. Think about it, the Apostle Paul who was probably the greatest witness of the gospel, asked other Christians to pray for open doors for them to share the Word. How much more do we as believers today, need that same prayer? We can pray each morning for God to open the doors and give us the words to reach those around us, whether it is in our neighborhood, at our job or in our school, the Holy Spirit will actually go before us and prepare hearts, open doors, and give us words and timing to reach into the lives of others. How much more effective we would be if we would remember to pray this way for our lives and those we know who have a heart to share God’s love with lost and hurting people.
Another opportunity to pray this prayer is for missionaries around the world. Those who have chosen to spread the good news of God’s love in other nations. We can and should be praying for open doors and hearts as they take the gospel to people who have never even heard there is a Savior.
Today I want to encourage you to begin to pray this scripture for yourself and for all believers. Pray that we would be empowered as God opens doors, provides opportunities, and prepares the hearts of all those around us. Pray for God’s people to have a greater love for others (the God kind of love) and that we would turn the world upside down just as the church did when it began 2000 years ago.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 4:2-6