Praying is something we can do as often as possible and it’s free! It only costs us time, but what better way to spend time than with God? Right? Paul is encouraging the Colossians to pray for themselves and for his ministry.
It was interesting to me that Paul chose to share about being in chains as he closes this letter. Clearly, Paul’s message was not meant to be about himself or his own situation, but to proclaim Jesus and deal with issues facing the young church. Almost as if in passing, he lets them know of the situation keeping him from seeing them in person.
Paul was in chains for his faith. He was not afraid of the consequence for telling people about Jesus. Even while in shackles, he wants prayer to make sure he is a good witness. “Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.” We should be so bold. What shackles are holding you back?
As I read Paul’s words, I heard them loud and clear as if they could be speaking to us. We need to hear this message. I was a bit challenged by these words. “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” It wasn’t the “wise” part that holds me up because I’m always praying for God’s wisdom and guidance. It was the making the “most of every opportunity” part.
What do I mean by that? I’m afraid I’ve missed opportunities to share about Jesus. When I’m in a group of people and unsure of their faith background, I’m not always outspoken about my own faith journey. Since I’ve been blogging and doing interviews about the devotional book series, I have grown to be a lot bolder. I want everyone who reads my reflections to devote themselves to be a little braver in sharing their faith stories.
We find that courage when we’re confident of our mission. I can’t deny I heard God’s voice calling me to write for him. We have all read Jesus’ words to “go make disciples!” When we trust the Holy Spirit’s power to direct our mission projects, it’s exhilarating. I can’t keep quiet about it. It’s like I have a “safe” way to talk about Jesus all day long.
How did Paul’s words speak to your heart today? Do you feel empowered to step out in faith? Pray like Paul to be ready to proclaim the good news message clearly and to those ready to hear.
Let’s pray … Lord, I am humbled you have chosen me to speak for you. Empower me to be bold in proclaiming your promises. Thank you for loving me so much. Forgive me for those times when I miss opportunities or could have done better. I know you love me just the same. I want to shine for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.