Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.
Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.
Reflect and Pray:
The Colossian Christians were young in their faith they have problems to face, challenges to rise to and dangers to avoid. Paul, on the other hand has traveled the Mediterranean, preached the gospel, planted churches. He has been beaten, stoned and imprisoned for the gospel. He has been the hero and he has been the villain. Now he asks them for help? He realizes that inviting them to this ministry of prayer that they, too, can realize they are sharing their faith in the proclamation of the gospel.
When we lift up our souls to God in prayer it gives God an opportunity to do what God wills in us and with us. It is putting ourselves at God’s disposal. God is always on our side. “When someone prays, it is God’s opportunity.”
Prayer is, however, much more than merely asking God for something, although that is a very valuable part of prayer if only because it reminds us of our utter dependence upon God. It is also communion with God, talking with (not only to) God. We get to know people by talking with them. We get to know God in the same way. The highest result of prayer is not deliverance from evil, or the securing of some coveted thing, but knowledge of God.
What have you learned about God in your recent prayer life?