Prayer Focus: Proclamation of the Good News (2)
Reading: Colossians 4:3-6
3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.The Apostle Paul
We looked at this same passage on March 27th. Today I focus my thoughts on the prayer for an “open door.” When we approach a door and either knock or try to turn the handle, it can only be opened if the door is unlocked. I know, one of you out there is saying, “unless I pick the lock.” Okay, but we get the point of the illustration. But perhaps such consideration is important. Paul’s prayer is the door would be opened. Who opens it? Perhaps the person behind the door. Perhaps God in his sovereignty opens the door.
You know what I have found when I pray such prayers? Doors are opened. It might be they were already open and my prayer was simply God’s way of alerting me to the open doors. The point of our prayer is both for God to open doors and for us to see the open door.
During the Coronavirus, we have the opportunity to proclaim the good news by the way we respond in the confidence of God’s provision through Christ. That lifestyle will often open doors to proclaim the words of life – salvation in Christ.
(1) Lord, help us to proclaim the good news clearly. Clearly
speaking of sin, the cross and salvation through faith in Christ
alone. Clearly answering people’s questions. Help us Lord.
(2) Lord, help us to take every opportunity to proclaim you in
these days. May we have wisdom. May our conversations be
filled with grace. May we know how to answer.