Praying for Open Doors

Introduction

We ended last week by talking about meeting people where they are. Even that, though, should be a matter of prayer, as we’ll see in today’s lesson.

Scripture Reading

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (Col 4:2-4)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph 6:18-20)

A Door of Utterance

Paul asked the Colossians and the Ephesians to pray for him. What did he want them to pray? He wanted God to open a door of utterance for him to tell others about Christ. He wanted opportunities to share the good news. He was looking for divine appointments.

Some Christians are very shy about sharing the good news. They don’t seek opportunities to witness. They avoid witnessing, even when they they have the chance. That’s not how God wants us to be. He wants us to seek and seize every opportunity to tell the world about Jesus.

As I Ought to Speak

It’s one thing to have an opportunity – it’s another to use it well. Paul wanted his friends to pray that he would speak as he ought to speak. He wanted God to help him proclaim the gospel boldly.

When you do get the chance to share the good news, will you be ready? It would help if you asked God, in advance, to give you the boldness and wisdom to share the gospel effectively. If you were God, wouldn’t you answer your child’s prayer, “God, give me chances to tell others about Jesus, and help me use those oppurtunities well when they come.”

What About You?

  • Do you ask God each day for opportunities to share the gospel?
  • Do you aks Him for the wisdom to use your opportunities well when they arrive?

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