Enjoyed this passage today, in that we would be those who constantly pray for the release of our mouths to speak the gospel in a bold way. May the Lord would have a way to speak through us! Had a little experience of this today, where I met with a work colleague, and though I had not intended to speak regarding the gospel (the “good news” per se), the Lord provided the opportunity for me to speak a word on this matter. As a result, I now have a deeper burden for speaking more of the gospel of the glory of God to my colleague. Praise the Lord for His ways! May He gain our cooperation to pray with Him to release the gospel to all : )
Ephesians 6:19 And [pray] for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel, (20) For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
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You also need to pray unceasingly for God to provide you with the right opportunity to speak. When you pray, God will give you the opportunity. One sister gathered a group of women together once a week and led them in a Bible study. The women all worked in the same company, and none of them believed in the Lord. One of them was very particular about her dress. She was very proud and would not listen to anything the sister said. The sister took notice of her and prayed for her. She asked God to give her the opportunity to speak to the woman. One day she felt a desire to invite the woman over for tea. Since this woman loved to socialize, she accepted the invitation.
When she came, the sister encouraged her to believe in the Lord. She replied, “I cannot believe. I like to gamble, and I love pleasure. I do not want to lose these things. I cannot believe in Jesus.” The woman said, “The price is too high. I cannot afford it.” The sister said, “I hope you will go back and consider it.” After she said this, she continued to pray for her. The woman returned home and knelt down to pray. After she prayed, she suddenly said, “I have decided to follow the Lord Jesus today.” She changed suddenly. She could not explain it, but her heart just turned. She changed her attire; she no longer dressed the same as before. Wonderful things followed one after another. Within a year many of her colleagues were brought to the Lord one by one.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 299-300. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.