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3 Withal [hama] praying [proseuchomai] also [kai] for [peri] us, [hemon] that [hina] God [theos] would open [anoigo] unto us [hemin] a door [thura] of utterance, [logos] to speak [laleo] the mystery [musterion] of Christ, [Christos] for [dia] which [hos] I am [deo] also [kai] in bonds: [deo]KJV-Interlinear
3 praying at the same time for us
as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak
forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; NASB
One of your prayers,
when you pray, and you should pray often, should include the successful
teaching and the continued availability, of the Word of God.This should be included in your daily
Here, Paul asks for
those who read his letters to pray for him, such that he would be able to
continue in his ministry.And as with
everyone in the world, so too, Paul had his daily problems and burdens,
finances and needs, barriers and so forth.These things are true of us all.
But, just as you pray
for the continued success of your own daily activities, for your own daily
growth in Gods Word, so too, you need to pray for the
continued availability of His word.
For without Gods Word
being provided in some fashion, many folks, perhaps even you, would have
nowhere to turn to, for your daily study.
When the world goes
negative, then the teaching of the Word diminishes, and can even come to a
halt.God gives us all plenty of leeway
in our life so that we can be positive and demonstrate a positive attitude and
desire for doctrine.But as with most
folks, this attitude seems to go negative and indifferent.
God perseveres with
great patience for a time anyway.Then
when enough time has passed, the hammer is dropped, and that is when the great
awakening comes about in human history.Unfortunately, for too many, it comes with great suffering.
Look around you and see
the signs of a lack of recovery attitude toward God.Nations pursue anti-God policies.Nations pursue exorbitant spending and debt.Even in the face of a declining economy, in
the face of increasing unemployment, in the face of decreasing business, with
growing numbers of foreclosures, and business failures, the general consensus
in the media is that things have bottomed out and things are going to get
The Bible calls it the
call for peace, peace, when there is no peace.The great na ve society, in other words.
But in spite of the
many indicators of a low spiritual state, people are going about their daily
lives as though there is no problem out there.Knowing the publicity of the problems, but after all, it is happening to
someone else.Isn t it?
So, prayer is in order
if you are anywhere near positive toward God, and are able to discern the
differences between a positive society and a negative one.
If and when God decides
to turn His back, because people have first turned their back on Him, then the
hammer will indeed fall and then there will be sorrow beyond
comprehension.It has happened many
times in history and this world is not immune toward its happening again.
God is the ultimate
source of all things.Without God, there
is no source.All of the grand ideas,
all of the new ideas, all of the promised changes, aren t really new at all,
but repetitions of things that have occurred in the past, even the distant
past, and failed.
people simply never learn.They are
incapable of learning.
With doctrine your life
has a chance.Without doctrine, your
life has no chance.Therefore, you have
an obligation to support and also indeed pray fervently, for the support of
Bible teaching around the world, and especially continuing to make it available
Doctrine is your only
hope no matter what your circumstances may be.Any indifference, any negative attitude, any excuse you might have for
ignoring your obligation, will only serve to bring ruin into your own life.
Put this attitude on a
global scale and that means huge trouble for everyone.
Right now, people are
praying for money, for jobs, for love, for nearly everything imaginable, but
the one thing that they do not pray for and the one thing that they do not
support, and the one thing that is the source for all the other things that
they do pray for, is Bible teaching.
With prayer, God opens
up many doors, but the very first door must be Bible doctrine. Through it,
anything becomes possible.
Certainly the mystery,
the unknown things regarding life, are contained within the knowledge of the scriptures.But you cannot learn from instructions that are
not available to you.
Each person has an
obligation.Someone else cannot fulfill
your obligation.You have to come face
to face with your own obligations and accept them.Anything less means a stagnating growth, and
even loss of its many opportunities.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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