“Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.” Ephesians 6:19,20 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Without question, Paul was one of the most effective ministers of all time. Paul was a multiplier! Letter after letter, Paul paved the way for the advancement of the gospel and the equipping of the saints.
And yet, here at the end of Ephesians, what do we find? Paul is humbly asking those in his care for prayer — “that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.”
Although Paul IS boldly opening his mouth and making known the mystery of the gospel again and again, he is very aware of his desperate need of prayer to be able to continue in this. How often in our thrill of seeing souls saved and seeing disciples grow in their faith do we begin cranking out ministry in our own strength and in our own natural giftedness?
Does ministry become a process that, if followed correctly, is found successful? I can’t speak for you, of course, but I have found myself there. Praise God for those moments of failure and the seasons of burnout when He brings me back to the realization of my utter dependence on Him.
I am reminded that spiritual multiplication involves not a process, but an ongoing relationship with the One who alone provides the strength, power and wisdom to “speak as I should.” His kindness really does lead me to repentance. Such grace! ‘’
May we all, like Paul, humble ourselves and ask for prayer to continue being effective ministers by His grace alone.
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