Praying Expectingly for Special Opportunities


Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word…Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
(Colossians 4:2-5)

What comes to mind when you think of Paul the Apostle?  I think: master communicator, brilliant theologian, church planter extraordinaire.

But in reality some other things ought to rank high on the list: a man acquainted with weakness; a man who succeeded through the prayers of the saints; someone who depended on God for everthing that matters…

When was the last time you asked God to “open a door for the word” for the preachers and pastors in your church?  When was the last time one of these preachers asked you to pray that a door be opened for the word?  When was the last time you prayed that God would give you wisdom so as to make the most of every opportunity to reach outsiders with the love of Christ?

I’m asking myself the same questions.   

We have not because we ask not.

Let’s start asking and believing!  Let’s start praying for open doors for the word and for eyes to recognize the opportunities.  Let’s ask for hearts that are inclined with mercy toward outsiders. 

“Yes, Lord, we ask You to do what only You can do! We ask that you open up special doors of opportunity for making Christ known among outsiders.”

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