I am challenged by Paul’s humility in 4:3-4, “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— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” The APOSTLE Paul, (yes “Apostle”!) still sought prayer from fellow believers. He did not feel any need to display some facade of complete maturity, that he was above needing their prayers, or that he had ministry all figured out. By asking for prayer:
- Paul allows the Colossians to partner with him in his ministry.
- They see an example of someone, although probably the most mature believer they know, depending on GOD first, then other believers.
- He allows them to see some weakness/vulnerability. It is easy for leaders to want to keep a certain “image” to those they lead.
I’m challenged to be actively sharing prayer requests–that specifically express my weakness–so that the Lord can develop humility in me.
His Word is good.