Monday, June 10
Pray for me
Scripture: Song of Solomon 1-4, Ephesians 6
Ephesians 6:19–20 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, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Paul encourages us to pray and then asks for prayer for himself, something that he does in most of his letters. He asks for prayer that God will give him the words to say as he shares the gospel. And twice he asks for prayer that he will speak the gospel fearlessly. The Greek work is parresia (first as a noun, then a verb). It means to speak openly, frankly, courageously, confidently, boldly, fearlessly.
“Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” That last phrase indicates a divine necessity. In other words, Paul has a divine calling to boldly proclaim the gospel—it’s not an option; it’s a necessity laid upon him by God.
I believe that I have that same obligation—in fact, I believe that every Jesus follower does. Our commission is to make disciples; we do that by boldly proclaiming the gospel. Or, said in a less intimidating way, by openly and freely telling others about the Jesus we know and love.
Paul couldn’t help talking about Jesus—he had an encounter with Jesus that radically changed his life.
More of us need that. We don’t tell others about Jesus because we don’t have much to tell personally. We lack Paul’s passion because we lack Paul’s experience with Jesus. Here’s my prayer:
Prayer: Lord, help me today (and every day) to boldly and fearlessly tell others about Jesus. Help each of us do that. And some of us need to have a life-changing encounter with Jesus so we’ll have something to say—meet us and change us!