Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
Today, let's talk about...
THE POWER OF PRAYER
2 Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray for us also. Pray that God would open a door for the word so we can preach the secret plan of Christ—which is why I’m in chains. 4 Pray that I might be able to make it as clear as I ought to when I preach. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.
Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.—Colossians 4:6
When we speak with others about Christ, it is important to be kind and compassionate. Just as we like people to show consideration for our beliefs, we also must respect the ideas of others if we want them to listen to what we have to share. Paul encourages us to pray asking God to open doors for us to reveal the good news to others. As we pray this prayer, we must commit to opening our eyes to people and places in our community that need to hear about God’s grace and mercy. The doors that God opens may not be easy to walk through, but often they lead to the individuals who most need to hear about Christ’s love.
Questions to Discuss:
Where do people need to hear the gospel message in your community? Commit to praying for God to open a door so the good news can be heard.
What is one practical way you can improve your interactions with nonbelievers so that they will want to know more about your faith?