November 17, 2014

Ephesians 6:18,19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

What prayers do you want prayed for you? Usually when people ask me to pray for them or a loved one it concerns an issue of their physical health. Occasionally it will involve emotional health or grief or economic challenges. Even among fellow pastors I seldom hear requests that “words will be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Paul was “in chains,” probably a euphemism for being in prison. He might have asked that his readers pray for his release or some greater measures of comfort in his incarceration or even that his health would hold up through this ordeal. But Paul knew what his life was all about, what his vocation- his calling- was and his dearest desire was to fulfill that calling to the best of God’s ability within him. You may not be called to “fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” in the same way Paul was (though God uses all Christians this way to some extent) but you too have a vocation- a calling- a unique set of circumstances and abilities and spiritual gifts that God has given you to use for his glory in building his kingdom. This week, how will you pray about your calling and the calling of those around you? Pray also for me.


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