“Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterrance, to speak the mystery of Christ.”
Praying for a door of utterrance is important and scriptural; but the motives are much more important. Here, Paul’s motive is clear: To speak the mystery of Christ – It was for this message of Christ he was imprisoned in the first place, yet he asks again for more opportunities to make it manifest.
Ephesians 6:19 [KJV] – And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.
What is this mystery of the gospel?
The word “mystery” (musterion) means “a thing hidden, a secret.”
Colossians 1: 27 [KJV] – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
This entirety of the gospel message is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”
The devil and his cohorts work hard to keep unsaved people from this message.
To us, it is a reality, but to them it is still a secret.
1 Corinthians 2: 14 [KJV] – The “natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”
Matthew 16 : 16 – 17 [KJV] – “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
It takes revelation to receive Jesus!
This is why Paul requested for the prayer of the saints because not all the times are the unsaved receptive to the gospel.
The salvation of the souls of men requires divine intervention.
God had numbered all men for salvation, not all men want to receive salvation; but our prayer secures their salvation.
1 Corinthians 16: 8 – 9 [KJV] – But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
God had opened a great door for Paul to do ministry at Ephesus, but the opened door has a window of time.
Apart from praying, It also comes with faithfulness and consistency.
Bigger responsibilities attend you when you are faithful with the little committed to you.
We get better and stronger in things of the Spirit with our committment to following God’s plan.
As you are faithfully committed to preaching, teaching, equipping men and winning souls, God will avail bigger platforms and open doors to do much more for Him.