Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 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. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6 (NIV)
Are your eyes wide open to what I want you to see? Are your ears attentive to all that I want to say to you? I’m sure that I don’t see all you want to show me. I’m positive I don’t hear all that you are saying to me. Help me to see and listen. It is my desire to be in step and in tune with you. I don’t want to miss a beat. Are you sure that you really want my help? Yes Lord, I do want your help.
To see and hear me clearly you must devote yourself to prayer. I don’t mean that you must lock yourself up in a room and do nothing but pray. Your prayer life will start and be nourished in that secret room and place of prayer. You must never give up setting aside time to meet with me in solitude, apart from the noise of your busy life. Will you continue to allow me to teach and train and prepare you in our times together? Yes Lord, I will.
I want you to carry our times of prayer into your life, throughout the day. Have an attitude of prayer. Be listening and watching with prayerful ears and eyes. Keep one ear and eye on earth and the other ear and eye on me. I will guide and direct your prayers. Everything you see and hear will become a subject matter of prayer.
In prayer filled moments throughout your day I will give you opportunities to minister to others. I will use you as my vessel. My spirit will empower you to do all that I ask you to do. Don’t shrink back from opportunities that I will give to you. Be bold and full of grace as you speak to others about the new life they can have in me. Your speech will be like salt that seasons life and will taste good to others. They will see my life in you and ask you how they can come to know me and become one of my children. They will desire the new life of forgiveness and salvation that I will freely give to them.
Will you devote yourself to prayer and be watchful; listening to all that I want you to see and hear? Will you carry your prayer into your day? Will you act when I give you opportunities to minister to others? Yes Lord, I will act. I will speak with the words you give. I will make the most of every opportunity you give to me. That will be very good.
Lord, I will devote myself to prayer. I will be watchful and thankful. I will be looking for every opportunity to minister to others. Help my conversation to be always filled with grace so I will know how to answer everyone. Help me to clearly proclaim the gospel. Amen
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