Praying for Missionaries
Colossians 4:2–4 (ESV)
2Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
3At 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—
4that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
1. What are the hindrances in your life to steadfast prayer?
a. Do you really understand the Gospel?
b. How do you compare the quality of your relationships compared to somebody who has the living God indwelling them?
c. Does the discrepancy between the glory of God (seen in ch.1-3) and the quality of your relationships (discussed at the end of ch.3) lead you to prayer?
d. What should you then pray for in your relationships?
e. What practical steps should you take in your relationships?
2. Does it help you to be more watchful in prayer when you consider that your loved ones are being stalked by a ferocious, ravenous beast (i.e., 1 Peter 5:8)?
3. How much does “thankfulness” characterize your prayer life?
a. Why do you think Paul reminds them to be thankful?
b. What do we have to be thankful for?
4. Paul asks the Colossians to pray in the same way for him as a missionary for the following things:
a. Open doors.
i. Why does Paul ask for this?
ii. What happens if God does or doesn’t open doors?
i. Why would Paul need help with this? Isn’t the Gospel something very, very simple?
ii. As a group, try having somebody demonstrate “sharing the Gospel” with somebody else in your group.
iii. If not, why don’t you share with people some potential questions that an unbeliever might ask you that might stump you or inhibit you from sharing a simple Gospel message.
i. What things tempted Paul not to be bold? What things tempt you not to be bold in your witness for Christ?
ii. What do you think the Brauns should do about the recent laws enacted in Russia against evangelism?
iii. How can your small group pray for the Brauns tonight?