Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. – Colossians 4:2-4
The fact that Paul wrote to the church at Colossae asking for an open door for the gospel message is not (on the face of it) that surprising. The fact that he made the request from a Roman prison is! The door for Paul’s release from captivity may have been tightly shut, but the apostle never saw his situation as a hindrance to ministry.
Our circumstances can change or be altered by God as He sees fit to allow for the continued spread of the Gospel. For example, we may begin to think that a location is closed, or our movements hindered but we shouldn’t, as long as we continue to serve a sovereign God. Let us pray for open doors, then when God provides one, we will be prepared to walk through it, no matter where we are.
It isn’t that we lack opportunities. Rather, we lack the readiness to act when the opportunity is presented.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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