Sometimes what God’s Word does not say is as significant as what it does say.
Colossians 4:2-4 HCSB (with my comments)
Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.
At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison,
(…not that you should pray that I get out of this prison, this is my mission field. The closed doors here for me are open doors for the Gospel…)
so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak.
(…not as my theological training may have prepared me, but as God has prepared their hearts, He will give me the words…)
How many of us if in prison would send the request: “Pray to God that He would get me out of here!” Many of our situations are much milder than prison, but perhaps we are missing the open doors to the mission that God has for us.
Is there something that you or I are trying to escape from that may really be our most effective place of ministry?