Summary: Talk is Cheap (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: Colossians chapter 4 verses 2-6:
• There are 800,000 in the English language,
• 300,000 are technical terms.
• The average person knows 10,000 words and uses 5,000 in everyday speech.
• A journalist knows approximately 15,000 and uses around 10,000.
Never underestimate the power of words:
• A judge speaks, and a man is condemned or set free.
• A physician speaks, and a person has surgery or he goes home from the hospital.
• A government official speaks, and millions of dollars can be spent or withheld.
• A preacher speaks and an individual can move from spiritual death to life!
• In our own personal lives we know the power of words;
• Words that can bless us and words that can cut us and hurt us.
Our Bible passage is about using words and it naturally falls into two parts:
• Verses 2-3: Prayer: Speaking to God about people.
• Verses 4-6: Evangelism: Speaking to people about God.
In these verses the apostle Paul points out for us three important ministries of speech:
(1). Speaking to God about people - Praying
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message”.
Question: Do you find it easy to pray?
Answer: If the answer is no, then you are in good company!
• The wartime theologian and writer Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for example,
• Once admitted that his prayer experience was; “Something to be ashamed of”.
• The Great reformer, Martin Luther, anguished in prayer,
• Saving three of the best hours of the day to pray; yet he seldom seemed satisfied.
Go down through the list of Christian greats, we find one after another working hard at prayer,
• But frequently you will find they were dissatisfied,
• Some of them even woefully unhappy about their prayer life.
• E. M. Bounds, Alexander Maclaren, Samuel Rutherford, Hudson Taylor,
• John Henry Jowett, G. Campbell Morgan, Joseph Parker, Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
• F. B. Meyer, A. W. Tozer, H. A. Ironside, Billy Graham,
• Great men, strong Christian examples,
• Magnificent role models,
• Yet you can hardly find one of that number who was satisfied with his prayer life.
• Oh, they laboured in prayer, they believed in prayer, they taught and preached prayer;
• But they were all strugglers, who had to work hard at it!
• So if you struggle when it comes to prayer;
• Then you are in good company!
Paul in these verses gives us some advice regarding prayer:
(1). be faithful (verse 2a)
• “Devote yourselves to prayer”
• "Continue in prayer"
Quote: In his book ‘God Came Near’, Max Lucado tells this story:
• Norman Geisler, as a child, went to a certain Church;
• Because he was invited by some neighbourhood children.
• He went back to the same church for Sunday School classes for 400 Sundays.
• Each week he was faithfully picked up by a bus driver.