PRAYING FOR OPEN DOORS

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-4

“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 — that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” (Colossians 4:3,4)

Paul was in prison because of his bold witness for Jesus. Notice that he did not pray that God would open the doors of the prison so that he could be released. Instead he prayed that God would open a door for the word so that Paul could continue to declare “the mystery of Christ.”

Paul constantly looked for open doors to tell others about Jesus. He even witnessed to the imperial guard of Rome when God opened the door for him while in prison. He saw his imprisonment as an opportunity to advance the gospel — “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ” (Philippians 1:12,13). He wanted every word to count as he sought to proclaim Christ to others — “that I may make it clear.”

We should be in regular prayer for missionaries and church leaders around the world. We need to pray for open doors in closed countries. We need to pray kingdom focused prayers — that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

My prayers are often filled with my personal desires and needs. I don’t pray consistently for open doors. We should be praying for ourselves as well — that God would open doors for us to share the Word with others.

And we need to pray for those who teach and preach the Word of God. We need to pray for boldness and for clarity of speech. God is at work. He opens the doors of people’s hearts to hear the gospel. Let’s keep praying that many will come to know Christ right here and all around the world.

Sovereign Lord, I pray for those who live in countries closed to the gospel. I pray for open doors and for the faithful Christians who are willing to put their lives on the line as they tell others about Jesus. I pray for pastors and teachers as they proclaim the gospel. Give them boldness and clarity of speech. And I pray for open doors for me to share my faith with others right here in our community.

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