Pray For Those Who...

"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." - Colossians 4:2‭-‬4 NIV This may sound strange, but as a pastor, I covet the prayers of people. I know coveting is a strange idea but it's the only word that seems to fit. When I receive a note from someone telling me that they are praying for me, it truly changes my outlook. The reason prayer is so very important for me is because I deeply believe it changes everything. Paul too believed this, so much so that he even asked the church to pray for his ministry and its effectiveness. He asked the Colossians to pray for two specific things in our passage today: 1. An "open door" for the gospel and 2. supernatural help to proclaim the gospel with clarity. We would do well, like Paul, to know that we need God's help in the great mission set before us. We too need God to open doors with people as well as to help us clearly and powerfully communicate the gospel. You may be on the same side as Paul, needing prayer so that you might do the Lord's work. Or you may be on the side of the Colossian Christians praying for gospel workers. But no matter which side, prayer for the work of the Gospel is desperately needed. Maybe even more today than ever before.

Because the truth is, prayer changes everything! Questions to Consider: Do you pray for those who Minister the gospel? Do you pray for your pastor? If so what do you pray for specifically? If not why? Do you truly believe that prayer changes our world?

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