As Paul closed his letter to the Colossians, He asked for prayer. Interestingly, he did not ask for them to pray for his release; instead, he asked for them to pray that the message of Christ would be clear and spread. In those days, it was important for them to be prayerful, watchful and thankful. Paul reminded them to treat folks respectfully and with kindness. Finally, He urged them to make the most of every opportunity to share Christ by being kind, relevant and well informed.
That message is today’s message as well. we need to stay in prayer, be informed and be ready to give an account to anyone willing to listen. The Gospel is as critical today as it was in the time of Paul. It is our job to make that message available to all who will listen. We do so with kindness, we treat all with respect. But, we neither fear nor come unprepared to give an account of the Gospel we have received. God’s spirit will guide us if we allow. We can make a lasting difference in our lives and the lives of others, so let’s be ready!
God Bless You
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.
7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[a] in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[c] among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.