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Day 5: Open Doors

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Colossians 4:2-6 (TNIV) – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 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. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Reflection:

E.M. Bounds in his book, Purpose in Prayer, states, “Give yourself to prayers and the ministry of the Word.  If you do not pray, God will probably lay you aside from your ministry, as He did to me, to teach you to pray.” Prayer and ministry are inseparable, as one cannot do ministry if he/she is not praying.  Paul urges us to “Devote yourselves to prayer…” which means we are encouraged to be persistent in our prayers, not giving up, and acknowledging our dependence on God.  It is in this life of prayer that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to each ‘open door’ so that we will make the most of every opportunity in sharing the Gospel.

The greatest revivals in history were all rooted in a deep devotion to prayer- i.e. Pentecost, Great Awakening, Wales Revival, General Awakening, Azusa Street.   As God’s children, we are also called to pray and to participate in the advancement of His Kingdom!

Responding to the message:
There are always ‘open doors’ to share the Gospel. May our hearts be rooted in prayer and filled with passion to see every opportunity to share the Gospel.  Starting today, pray for more of God’s heart for the lost and to take advantage of every opportunity to proclaim the love of Christ.  Let’s devote ourselves to this life of prayer!

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When Doors Open…

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Day 1: Nothing Better Than Confirmation

Monday, July 5th, 2010