The Daily Office | February 28, 2018
Psalms 132, 133, 134, 135
Psalms 136, 137, 138
Collect: The Second Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Colossians 4:2-4 connects prayer with evangelism: "that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ." Even in prison, Paul's foremost concern is spreading the gospel to those who haven't heard about Jesus.
And everything, even our witnessing and evangelism, begins with prayer. "Continue steadfastly in prayer... and pray also for us". Prayer is the foundation of all personal ministry. Prayer welcomes the Holy Spirit into the action. Prayer softens the heart toward other persons. Prayer prepares us for whatever the world might throw at us.
Pray first, act second. Even more, pray for God to open doors for action to even be possible. Pray for God to devise circumstances for conversations with coworkers. Pray for God to serendipitously make your path to cross that old friend you've been meaning to call. Pray for the faith and courage to talk to that person who God keeps putting on your heart and mind.
Pray first, prepare your heart, and then may the Holy Spirit work through you to bring the word of Christ to others.