19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:19-20 NIV)
I feel certain that those who handed Paul a prison sentence never dreamed that he would view it as a preaching appointment. Paul told the folks in Ephesus that he was an “ambassador in chains.” His focus wasn’t to do his time so he could get back to his life. Prison, at that moment in time, was Paul’s life. He wanted the people of Ephesus to pray for him so that God would give him the words necessary to make the good news of Jesus known to those who were around him.
It is interesting to me that in these two verses, twice Paul emphasizes the way that he desires to make the gospel known. He doesn’t want to mumble through the message. He doesn’t want to be timid in sharing his testimony. He doesn’t want to be shy when given an opportunity to speak about his Savior. Paul wants to make Jesus known in a “fearless” way.
I don’t get anxious at all speaking with others about Jesus when I am at church. My heart doesn’t race at all when I find myself sitting across from a Christian friend and talking about our faith over lunch. Paul’s prayer for fearlessness to share the gospel on the prison yard has caused me think about those times that I find myself in environments where “faith” is not popular, may not even be welcome. How “at ease” or fearless am I in these settings? How fearless am I to share the good news of Jesus with friends of mine who want nothing to do with Jesus? How bold am I to share my testimony in places where talk like that is not the norm? We need to pray for each other that we would be given the words to speak so that we might fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…as we should.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I might never miss an opportunity to talk about the good news of Your Son Jesus. Give me the words to make Him known, especially in those places where talk of You is scarce.