Gracious yet Bold to Proclaim Christ

Colossians 4:2-6 (ESV)

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At 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—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Adam Clarke in his commentary on this passage asks how many of us pray about our station in life? I don’t know that I have ever really thought about that specifically before. Whether we be husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, masters, servants, etc., we should fervently pray that we may be effective in the role God has called us to fill. We need also to pray for our pastor, that he may be filled with the wisdom and grace of the Holy Spirit to be effective in his ministry and leadership of God’s Church.

Paul earnestly sought the prayers of the churches that he had started and shepherded. As good as he was, he requested prayer that he would not lose heart, and that he might have the boldness to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus as he should.

It should also be noted, that Paul mentions that when we pray, we should be expectant (watchful) with thanksgiving. The gifts and protection of God from heaven come when we pray. We are always in need of God’s protection and His gifts, especially grace.

We too need to be filled with grace in our speech, especially around unbelievers. Our mission is to always be ready to give an explanation of the hope we have in Jesus. We cannot do this effectively if we do not pray for wisdom and grace. We live in times of doubt and trouble. There are many distractions that we must set aside and spend more time praying for the Church and for God’s wisdom to be applied in our lives, but also that we would have the wisdom to know where, when, and how to share the Gospel.

Lord Jesus, You came to earth to free us from the bondage of sin. You came and took on our sin, that we might have Your righteousness. Give us wisdom also, Lord, that we might be able to effectively perform our duties as spouse, parent, employer, or employee. Help us in our weakness to have the strength and opportunity to share Your love with others. Let us serve our fellow man in such a way that You would be glorified.

by Virgil Stripes

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