I know that it is no surprise to you that that there is a war going on. In Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, we are commanded to put on the whole armor of God. We must remember Paul is writing this in prison, under constant supervision. No wonder, after being forced to look at soldiers and their armor day after day, the Holy Spirit shares through Paul the importance of the Christian armor. Paul commands us to put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of the gospel, the shield of faith in God, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Then Paul describes the most overlooked weapon in this spiritual war and that is the supernatural provision of the Christian soldier, prayer, a constant spirit of prayer.
While prayer is one of the last pieces of equipment mentioned it is one of the most powerful. The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 4:2-4 these words
“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.”
The word “continue” means to be constant, preserving, unwavering and unwearied in prayer. Prayer should be a constant and unbroken fellowship and communion with God. The next word Paul uses regarding prayer is to be “watchful,” which means to stay awake, be alert, be sleepless, be active, concentrate and be ready. In prayer, we must fight against distraction, drowsiness, sluggishness, wandering thoughts and useless daydreaming. In other words, powerful and purposeful prayer comes from a heart and mind that has developed the discipline to stay on point. We are encouraged to “continue” and be “watchful” in prayer and then we are told to be watchful with “thanksgiving.” Someone wisely said, “If you think about all God has done, you will thank God.”
This applies to every Christian personally and also applies to every Christian's responsibility for his or her Pastor. We are to “continue” in prayer, be “watchful” in prayer and be “thankful” in prayer for our Pastors. We are encouraged through Paul’s writing here in Colossians to pray for our Pastor. Remember Paul was in prison. Nevertheless, we should play close attention to his request. He could have asked for a myriad of things but he asked that the saints pray for him. He didn’t ask them to pray for his safe and secure release, nor that his life is spared, his charges will be overturned or that his fear of execution would pass. No, Paul asked the saints in Colossians to 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.” Paul is not asking the saints to pray for legal support, monetary support, moral support or even material support. He is asking for ministry support.
Today, pray that your Pastor will not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Pray that your Pastor will eagerly share the gospel story every time the opportunity presents itself. Pray that doors will swing open for your Pastor to preach and teach all over this community, city and even country. Pray your Pastor will declare the mystery of Christ death, burial and resurrection. Pray that your Pastor will accept the assignment of being a prisoner of the gospel story and will see every situation as an opportunity to build the Kingdom. Pray that when God opens preaching and teaching opportunities for you Pastor that the Spirit of God will give clarity of speech and thought.