“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.” (Colossians 4:2-4)
Dear Glory of God Prayer Network,
It is my pleasure to invite you on behalf of Osterville Baptist Church to come to pray for the advance of the gospel of grace on Cape Cod at our next monthly meet for the Glory of God on Cape Cod. Here are the details for your quick reference:
- Where: Osterville Baptist Church (824 Main St., Osterville MA)
- When: May 25th from 6:30PM to 8PM (come early to grab good seating!)
- Why: See the above verse and read below
Colossians 4:2-4 is an important passage on prayer (quoted above). The advance of the gospel is strengthened by our serious efforts in prayer. Indeed, effort is precisely what Paul means when he uses words like ‘steadfast’ and ‘being watchful’. Prayer is effort. It is a toil or a labor. It is felt both spiritually and physically.
The effort is worth it. Through prayer, God opens doors for the word. ‘The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working’ (James 5:16). Spiritual power. Power to see lives changed. Power to see sin put to death in your life. Power to see nations turned upside down as the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed with boldness.
This is why the enemy’s deception is so devious. He knows that when we pray the gospel advances. He spins a web of deceit around us, which leaves us convinced that we are too busy to pray and too different from one another to pray together. He divides us. He tells the young that the old are no longer relevant. He tells the old that the young have nothing to say. He tells us that our theological distinctions are insurmountable, even though we can all agree upon the one true gospel and the inerrancy of Scripture. And in so doing, he effectively pulls revivals power cord (which is corporate prayer) from the source of power (our great and glorious God to whom we pray).
Don’t believe the lie! We are not too busy to pray. We are not too different to pray together.
What happens when we pray? Revival. I recommend this article entitled “China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years” (link below). Here is yet another living example of the power of the gospel!
We look forward to praying ‘your kingdom come’ together on May 25th at Osterville Baptist Church from 6:30 to 8PM! Until then, pray everyday for revival!
Gripped by Christ’s grace!