A Christian leader, we’ll call him Ralph, was traveling recently by plane. He noticed that the man sitting two seats over was thumbing through some little cards and moving his lips. Guessing the man was a fellow-believer, Ralph leaned over to engage him in conversation. “ … More
Slave owners are to be fair and honest with their slaves. Don’t forget that you have a Master in heaven (v. 1). Our prayer life is to be continual (I Thessalonians 5:17), not casual which means we should be constantly in fellowship with God so that prayer is as normal as breathing. We are to watch in the same with thanksgiving (I Thessalonians 5:18). God’s will for us is to be thankful (v. 2). Then our praying ought to be specific. Too often we pray in general and say “Lord, bless the missionaries!” How much better it would be to pray for their specific needs. As we study the Word and pray we know God’s will and then boldly ask Him to do that which He wants to do and give (I John 5:14-15).
Paul was more concerned with opportunity for ministry to be opened than he was to be released from prison and his own personal safety (v. 3). We are to be speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) with no corrupt communication (Eph. 4:29) but minister grace. Please pray that I will make the message as clear as possible. When you are with unbelievers, always make good use of the time (v. 5). Be pleasant and hold their interest when you speak the message (v. 6).
I need to be specific in the prayer requests I make each day. These need to include:
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison-- that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
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