Week 3: Interceding for Zion’s Rebuilding Project
Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-18
Key Verse: Colossians 4:2-4
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 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. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
For the past 3 weeks, Zion has been devoted to a season of prayer and fasting. As we have arrived at Day 21, how best to end it by taking the closing words of Paul to heart. The Colossians were exhorted to “(d)evote themselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Watchfulness helps us to pray personally, purposefully and powerfully. Whereas thankfulness places our prayers in the right perspective. Such prayers do not minimise the challenges but dare to courageously look at our problems right in the eye, while acknowledging that God is the way-maker and miracle-worker. Paul might be locked up in prison but God’s message cannot be chained.
The proclamation of the gospel is what we are to pray for. When we don’t see opportunities to share God’s word, ask for open doors. When we are troubled about the apathy and cold responses from our friends, we pray that our message will be clearly received. And that we, the church, will fearlessly proclaim God’s truth even we have to suffer for it.
- Ask God to deepen your devotion to prayer. May the past 21 days be a start to a deeper prayer life with Jesus.
- Pray that Zion will be God’s house of prayer for the nations! (Mark 11:17) In the new church building-to-come, sounds of prayer for the nations will fill our house!