Daily Devotional

“…being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:18-20

I was a little surprised when I read these words. Paul’s personality seems so confident and assertive, especially when you think of his past life as Saul. I’m surprised that he needed people to pray for him that he would be bold. I feel like it is people like myself that need that prayer of support, not the bold pastors that lead us. And yet here was one of the most prominent, bold church leaders in the Word of God asking that prayer be made on his behalf that he would have boldness to preach the gospel.

The first part of that sentence tells us to “Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”  It’s encouraging, to realize that the boldness we see in Paul comes from the power that he received from the Word of God, and that bold confidence is also available to us. It also makes me aware that my bold pastors need my prayers of support that they may continue “speaking boldly, as they ought to speak.”
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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