“Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” (Colossians 4:3–4)
We’ve been talking this week about “6 Ways to Pray as You Evangelize” using the acronym L.O.B.S.S.S. Today I want to look at the letter “O”—opportunities.
One of the most intimidating parts of sharing Christ with others can be finding those willing to talk about spiritual things. However, this can be simpler than we realize. It begins with prayer.
As a prisoner of the Roman Empire, most likely chained to a soldier twenty-four hours a day, Paul seized opportunities to present Christ in prison. Imagine the experience of a Roman guard bound to the apostle Paul for twenty-four hours a day! Not wanting to be limited to the walls of a prison, Paul’s specific prayer request on behalf of himself and his associates was that God would open a door for the Word. He wanted to make it clear that Christ’s death on the cross provided the only basis for a right standing with God. But to do so, he needed an opportunity.
Just as we are dependent on the Lord to bring an understanding of the gospel to unbelievers, we are also dependent on Him to provide us with the opportunity to present it. Because He desires non-Christians to trust Christ more than we do, we can pray with confidence that He will grant opportunities to share Christ with others. Sometimes the opportunities come much sooner than we could ever imagine!
Think of three people who do not know Christ as Savior. Ask God to supply an opportunity to share the gospel with them. Then be prepared to take advantage of the open doors.