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. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
Colossians 4: 2-6, 12
In Colossians, Paul emphasises the importance of prayer. Devote yourselves, he instructs, to prayer. The phrase ‘devote yourselves’ according to Strong’s dictionary, is defined as ‘giving constant steadfast attention to, or to be constantly diligent with.’ In verse 12, he even explains that Epaphras, a fellow follower of Jesus is ‘wrestling in prayer for you’. Verse 5 goes on to explain that equally important to prayer, is the way we witness to the unsaved. Salt preserves food, and also adds flavour. Conversation seasoned with salt would look like us preserving the integrity of Christ in all our conversations, remembering Him as we have every little opportunity to witness to his love and grace in the lives of those who don’t know Jesus.
Would my prayer life be described as devoted? Is it something I give diligent attention to? Or is it more a cursory full stop or ‘amen’ to my time spent with Jesus? I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as someone who wrestles in prayer like Epaphras, and so often my prayers are tempered with personal needs or wants, rather than the cause of others. God is not only wanting us to have a rich prayer life, but also be compelled by the cause of the unsaved, making the most of every interaction to reveal Jesus. These responses to God go hand in hand. When we are passionate prayer warriors, we know the voice of God and are able to be his hands and feet in this world.
God, may my prayer life not end here. May I be compelled to converse with you throughout the day, for your cause and purpose, that Jesus may be evident in my speech, and conduct with everyone I encounter today. Amen