Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 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— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. – Colossians 4:2-6 [ESV]
Years ago a high school classmate opened a door and invited me to come in and sit down. I was on crutches at the time, waiting for my first period classroom door to be opened. Sitting down sounded good, so I shuffled across the hall and discovered the door led to a photographic darkroom. Jerry and I became fast friends. He taught me photography, sold me my first real camera, and ultimately talked me into becoming a pastor. I am eternally grateful for his friendship and influence.
Sometimes doors open to opportunities we would never expect. Sometimes we may usher someone into a new place of discovery. But Jerry already knew he wanted to be a Lutheran pastor – as a junior in high school. And his friendship led to some significant life changes for me.
Perhaps you could open the door for someone and make a friend, and have an impact in the reign and rule of Jesus. That would be a divine appointment. Who knows when they will come? But we can pray for them. Just as Paul asks in this letter to the Colossians. I am now asking you to provide that for Diane and me while we’re here in Tanzania.
Who knows what such divine appointments will lead to? God does, and he wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray for us to have open doors…and for yourself…and for the people in your life who know and love Jesus too.