Colossians 4:2-4 (NIV) – 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 knows his dependence on God and asks for intercessory help in prayer, just as he has prayed unceasingly for them (1:9-11). He does not ask them to pray for anything that will bring personal advantage to him, his sights remain firmly fixed on his mission calling (1:25). He therefore asks them to pray that God will open a ‘door for our message’ (lit., ‘the door to the word’). Such opportunities exist even in prison.” [David E. Garland, NIVAC, Colossians/Philemon, p.272.]
1. Why do you suppose Paul is asking the Colossians to pray for an open door for the message instead of an open door for himself and his fellow missionaries?
2. In what ways can you make the most of opportunities on a daily basis to pray for the advancing of the gospel through your missional group? Through our churches?
Prayer: Lord, we ask for an open door for the message of the gospel, especially as we are moving forward in this new season, may there be new salvation among us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Let’s sing the song, “Won’t Stop Now” by Elevation Worship.