PRAYING…..AND LIVING IN THE ANSWERS
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
3 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.
4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
At various times there are passages in the Bible that really stand out boldly when they are read. Recently these verses in Colossians 4 fit into that category. Each of these verses could stand on their own as the foundation for A THOT, and may in the future, but for now I think they will remain together.
Webster Dictionary defines “devote” as:
1: to commit by a solemn act <devoted herself to serving God>
2: to give over or direct (as time, money, or effort) to a cause, enterprise, or activity
The Holy Spirit, through Paul, is directing us to devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. We are to give ourselves and our time speaking to God, and listening to God. We need to pray for ourselves, so our lives line up according to the Word and plan of God. The Holy Spirit will guide us into areas of prayer as we pay attention, and we are to give thanks for all we have, and for the opportunity we do have to speak with God.
Paul writes this as a reminder also that we are to pray for those who lead us in ministry, that doors will be open for the leader to speak the Truth, and that the leader will speak it clearly in a way for it to be understood. I believe we need to take this for each of us also. Whatever ministry we may be involved in, we need the prayers of others to be reaching out to God for us as well. We all need a group to be interceding for us in ministry, and to be available to the Holy Spirit’s prompting when we as individuals have a need. In our particular “Reclaim & Restore Street Ministry” we have a team of seventeen people who are dedicated to praying for the team, and those who the team may meet, during the week.
Each of us who serve Jesus need prayer that we will speak the Word of God clearly, so it is understood, and that we will proclaim the Word of God boldly when we have the opportunity.
Each person we meet may be due to a Divine appointment, therefore our actions and words need to be filled with Grace and God’s Love. Each person connected with, whether it is a friend we have known for a long period of time, or someone just met, is loved by God, and we need to act in a manner that reflects the Love of God, so our meeting may be a building stone for future opportunities to share Jesus, or for someone else to build on. We don’t want to leave a bad impression of Christians so a person would be turned away from chatting with a Christian in the future.
As we meet and speak with any person, there should be a positive influence felt in that person’s life, as that person should experience the Presence of the Holy Spirit in us who are believers in Jesus. The conversation should be remembered by the person, so if met again that person would look forward to chatting some more, and the relationship would then be built. Like the above verse says, let our conversation be seasoned with salt. This salt could be flavouring, so the person spoken with will desire more, and then greater opportunities to share will arise. Also, the salt could be used to melt a hard icy exterior and wall the person has built. The salt could thaw the ice, and the person may be willing to hear the Truth of Jesus, and be receptive to the Love of Jesus.
As we read the Word of God, pray, and prepare ourselves, the Holy Spirit will guide us to speak the answers of Truth