July 11-Whenever I Open my Mouth

Journey through Ephesians

Ephesians 6.19-20 “Whenever I open my mouth”

Focus Verse-Ephesians 6.19

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,”

Insight-What a prayer request!  Paul wants to be sure that whatever he says, whether it is by words or actions that it would point toward the reconciling and restorative work of Jesus.  The mystery of the gospel is that through Jesus and the grace that he offers us, we can live the best life possible, intimately dependent on God the Father and actively loving everyone we have the opportunity to love.

I find great encouragement from hearing Paul indicate that there was an element of fear in him when it came to prolaiming this message.  If Paul could have doubts and fears then I can face the fact that I struggle with the same thing and like Paul, I desperately need God’s help to communicate this invitation to join Jesus’ kingdom.  Kind of refreshing in a weird way.

Active Response-Today I will ask God for what Paul asked for-courage to fearlessly communicate Christ in all that I say and do.  I will seek to depend on God more and more in every situation that I face.

Father, God; give me your strength, your courage, and your words to proclaim you in every area of my life to everyone in my life.  Amen.