Colossians 4:1, Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 2 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. (NIV)

This week we have studied the Apostle Paul’s closing thoughts to the Colossian believers in chapter 4 of the book of Colossians. Point 1 (Monday’s Blog) was that employers should pay employees a fair wage, and that an employee should work hard to earn their pay. Point 2 (Tuesday’s Blog) reminded us to be devoted to prayer, but not just any prayer, a prayer that is focuses on being thankful.

Today, we look at Paul’s third concluding thought. He said, “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.” Paul asks for prayer that he would be an effective witness for Christ. Think about someone today that you can ask to pray for your witness.  Someone who would pray that you would have an opportunity to witness and that you would be ready to share God’s Word clearly with others. Also, we need to pray that other Christians around us would be good witnesses. Praying for someone else to be a good witness  will also make us a better witness.

So today, pray that others would be a good witness, but don’t forget to be one yourself.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D