Colossians 4:3-4 (NLT)
3 Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
The apostle Paul is writing to the Colossians asking for prayer that he would be given opportunities to speak about God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Paul understood being in prison was a part of God’s plan, which has given him the opportunity to share the gospel with others. He again asks for prayer as he speaks to others about the gospel that the message will be clear to others to understand.
There is a story of Duncan Campbell a minister and friend of Wesley Duewel the missionary and author. In the book Let God Guide You by Wesley Duewel, Duewel speaks of his friend who suddenly felt God saying he needed to go to the island of Berneray. In fact Duewel left from where he was suppose to speak so he might go to this island. He knew no one there, had never been before and knew nothing much about the island. It took some effort for him to get to the island, since there were no airports, nor were there any commercial boats traveling to the island. Finally he arrived and saw a farmer. He asked if he could speak to the minister of the church there, but he found there was no minister at the present time; He did find there was an elder of the church who was waiting to speak to him. It turned out the elder had been praying for revival on the island. He was holding onto God’s word and knew God would provide if he prayed. He was so sure his prayers were going to be answered he had already made arrangements to use the church and make announcements of the services that were going to be held. And he knew God was going to send Duncan Campbell because he had already led other revivals throughout Scotland. What if this elder had never prayed, what would have happened, we don’t know. But we do know because he prayed his prayer was answered and revival came to the island of Berneray. What can God do? You won’t know until you seek Him out in prayer.