Daily Devotions


Day 82

"Praying also for us..."

Text: Colossians 4:3


Everyone requires prayer support. The mighty and effective apostle Paul personally requested prayer support for his ministry.

“Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would
open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery
of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may
make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Colossians 4:3-4

1. “Meanwhile praying also for us”

a) Specific prayer support was asked.
b) No one is so strong that he does not need prayer support.

2. Specific prayer requests

a) That God would open to us a door.
i) God must be the One to open doors.
ii) Only He can open doors that are shut.
b) “A door for the word”
i) Paul was thinking of the ministry of the Word of God.
ii) Rather than for himself.
c) “To speak the mystery of Christ”
i) The word “mystery” is a reference to the revelation God gave to His apostles.
ii) In this context the focus is on the Person of Christ.
iii) Paul asked that people would pray for open doors to preach about Christ.
d) “For which I am also in chains”
i) Being in chains certainly did not enhance the preaching ministry.
ii) Paul prayed that even if he was in prison doors would be opened to him to preach Christ.
e) “That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak”
i) Preaching effectively was not to be taken for granted.
ii) Paul asked for prayer support so that he would be able to speak effectively for Christ.
iii) This is how preachers of the Word of God feels- that they “ought” to preach Christ.
iv) Prayers must be offered up to the Lord to anoint and empower His servants