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Thursday, May 9th
By: Chrissy Cooney

Have you noticed Paul’s prayer request in Ephesians 6?


The guy who has been beaten, threatened, accused, ridiculed, shipwrecked, snake-bitten, interrogated and arrested and sits in prison (in chains) as he writes out this exhortation and prayer request.
If anyone deserves a break – a little favor, a little comfort, it’s Paul. However, his first concern is NOT for his safety, comfort or well-being.

He says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should” (Ephesians 6:18-20, emphasis mine).

His first concern isn’t even for himself!

And when he does ask for prayer, he isn’t asking for his needs to be met, or for favor from the jailer, or even for safety. He doesn’t ask them to pray for justice to be done, or for freedom to be granted.  His prayer request is for BOLDNESS.  He wants to remain audacious (willing to take surprisingly bold risks) for the Lord. He wants to know what to say and when to say it so that he can shake things up and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lord, make me BOLD for your Gospel.  Prompt me to be audacious for You and give me the courage and strength to speak even when it makes me uncomfortable.

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