Summary of passage: Paul requests prayer from the Ephesians that whenever he opens his mouth that words are given to him so that he can fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel to others. Tychicus will tell them how Paul is doing and will encourage them. Peace and grace to all.
10a) Whenever Paul opens his mouth, words are given to him so that he will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel and declare it fearlessly.
b) Myself and others.
c) I would say it is key in converting others. Prayer is what will soften their hearts and turn to God. Through prayer God shows up and He is the one who does all the converting, not us. Your words will have power and not just be empty. The sword of the Spirit is the word of God and this will slice through non-believers resistances.
When the Bible speaks of spreading the Good News, prayer is never far behind.
Romans 1:9-10: “…in preaching the gospel of his Son…I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.”
1 Samuel 12:23: “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.”
It’s intricately connected, a part of every believer’s life, our life-line to God if you will. It should accompany conversion. We need all the weapons we can get against Satan.
11a) To update the Ephesians on how Paul (and others) are doing and to encourage them.
Conclusions: I liked how Paul asked for prayer. A lot of the time we don’t. We don’t want others to know we are hurting or suffering. But this is the time we need others. To help us through this life here on Earth. Good lesson on asking for prayer. If Paul needed it, certainly we do!
A good reminder on the power of prayer for conversion. When we are telling others the Good News, we should pray for them at some point. Pray for their hearts to become Jesus’. And continue to pray for them. And others.
I am texting my husband right now to encourage him!