March 26, 2018

Ephesians 6:19–20 (NLT) — 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

This prayer request of Paul’s really gives us insight into how much this man loved Jesus and how much this man was willing to put up with the suffering that living for Jesus brought him. When Paul made this request he was sitting in prison and probably  chained between two guards. You can bet that it was not the cleanest of places. No running water, no flush toilets, no cable tv, no soft mattress with a pillow and comforter, no workout room, no infirmary, no doctors on staff, no library, no fair judicial system, no release date and probably no nutritious three meals a day.

Now if I was in that situation my prayer request would have been, “Pray that God gets me out of here, yesterday! I hate this place, it’s not fair, I don’t deserve to be here.” But that isn’t what Paul prayed. Because of his love for Jesus and all that Jesus had done for him> saving his soul, clearing his record, and adopting  him into God’s family; Paul asks for people to pray that he would keep on speaking boldly for Jesus in spite of his present situation.

Instead of praying that God would provide a better for you because you don’t like the one you have perhaps the better prayer would be that you speak boldly for Jesus and then keep doing your job to the best of your ability. Or instead of praying for better neighbors or to be moved out of that neighborhood, pray that you would speak boldly for Jesus. Or instead of whining because you haven’t been healed; pray that you would speak boldly for Jesus when you have your hospital visits.

You see what I am getting at here? We might not like our circumstance or situation but perhaps God has us there, not to pray to get out but to pray to get Jesus in. Remember how your life changed when Jesus came into it? Well allow him to do the same for others by praying that you would keep on speaking boldly for Jesus. Let’s listen to our prayers and see if we can tell by them how much we really do love Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!