Paul’s Prayer Request (Colossians 4:2-4)

Colossians 4:2-4 – 2Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3At 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—4that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
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Often times, people will ask me how they can pray for me. These verses from Paul in Colossians show us how Paul, at least at that point in life, answered such a question. Paul’s answer is helpful to call us to prayer, to give us a topic of prayer, and to show a little of how we ought to think about presenting the gospel.

Paul calls the Colossians to continue “steadfastly” in prayer. The call here is that this church be constantly, continually, regularly in prayer. The prayer that they are to practice is also not supposed to be the little weak offerings we often give before our meals, but steadfast, strong, powerful prayer. Clearly, we as believers need to learn the joy and the power of true, life-changing, intercessory prayer.

Paul also gives us a topic for which to pray. Paul asks the church to specifically pray for him that God would grant him an open door for the declaring of the word. He wants the chance to declare the word of God to the lost. He wants God to open doors, to give him opportunities to faithfully share the gospel. And we too would be wise to pray, asking God to give us the chance to share with someone the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Finally, Paul also shows us something very important about presenting the gospel in these short verses. He shows us that the way that he intended to share the gospel—the way that all should share the gospel—is through open, bold, honest declaration of the word of God. Paul wanted to make the gospel clear, and declares that that is how he ought to speak. Let us never become people who try to sneak the gospel into something. Let us never become people to hide the gospel behind gimmicks or veil the message of Christ behind socially acceptable terminology. Instead, let us see, as Paul saw, that speaking the gospel with clarity and boldness is how we ought to speak.

Lord God, I come to you this morning, and I again thank you for what you reveal to us in your word. I first ask that you forgive me for my own weakness in prayer. I know that you call me to be steadfast in prayer, and I pray that you help me to become constantly stronger in that all-important spiritual discipline. I also ask that you will help me, as Paul prayed, to have open doors this day in presenting the gospel. Help me to share Christ with someone today. Help me to share Christ with someone this week. Help me to have open doors to share the gospel each day. And, I ask that you will also challenge me to always speak the word boldly, clearly, and without hesitation. Let me speak the gospel the way that you want it spoken. Let me not use gimmicks or man-made tactics. Instead, I pray that you will help me to prayerfully, honestly, and boldly present the gospel to a lost and dying world.