Prepared to serve

“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.”  Colossians 4:2-4.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18-19, and Colossians 4.

Good intentions are one thing but actually be prepared is even better.

Going into something without a bit of instruction and preparation is begging for frustration and ultimately failure.

Paul sets believers up to serve God as they should.  Then he narrows things down to himself.

How crucial my prayer life is in following God!  I was confronted in Philippians with the need for my praying to be “without ceasing.”  If my prayer life is functioning as it should be I will surely be more alert to what is going on around me and more thankful for the way God has blessed me.

Paul asks for opportunities to share the Good News and for the ability to present that Good News clearly.  I would want to reverse the order of those two for myself.  Why? I want to get clarity in my head about the Gospel first.  To jump into opportunities unarmed could well cause more damage than help.

“Lord, Your ways are simple on paper.  Forgive me for stumbling over the simplicity and excusing myself from participation.  Prepare me to share the Good News, I beg.  Fill me with Your Spirit this day.  Enable me to entertain thoughts of You without ceasing.  I love You, Father.”

Are you ready to serve God?



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