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Prayer opens doors (Colossians 4:2-4)

Prayer opens doors (Colossians 4:2-4)

 

Prayer opens doors.

Some doors have never been easier to walk through. Vehicles often require only the push of a button for a door or tail gate to slide or lift open. Most grocery stores open their doors with motion detectors of some kind so the door is opened for you by the time you get to it. Even homes can be installed with systems that allow remote control of door locks, permitting easy entry.

On the other hand, excellent security can prevent doors from being opened if  you do not have the proper credentials or code, or if you have unacceptable objects or devices in your pocket or hand bag.

Paul instructs the Colossian church to pray (4:3) so that the door of opportunity would be opened for his team to proclaim the Gospel message, the mystery of Christ, which he earlier describes as “Christ in you.” (1;27) Paul shows that God is the source of the success of preaching the gospel message so that people may become believers in Christ. The key or code that God gives us to open doors for the Gospel through Him is prayer. Paul specifically prayed that his proclamation would be with clarity. The message was so valuable and radical that it resulted in his imprisonment.

This thought is supportive in the following passage of a more general exhortation to pray.

“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)

Devote means to be “courageously persistent” in prayer. We are to continue in importunate prayer. The idea is to “hold fast and do not let go” as when people in the Old Testament held on to the horns of the altar in the temple crying out to God in prayer.

Also supportive of this word to be devoted in prayer are being watchful and thankful. Watchful means that we should be aware of our surroundings, or culture as we pray and alert to the battle that we are fighting in prayer. Thankfulness provides the climate or right heart for our prayers no matter what our circumstances. Paul could be thankful in prayer even while in chains.

Go to battle in prayer for the preaching of the Gospel, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Watch God open doors and change lives through His Word and prayer.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care