Summary: God honoring speech is seen as Christians pray to God, intercede for others, and witness to the lost

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• In Colossians 4:2-6, Paul will continue to show us what Christ looks like in and through the life of a believer when we are walking

close to Christ. Nothing more makes us look like Christ than what comes out of our mouth. Our speech will manifest all the

virtues listed in 3:12-17. It is our speech that will build up or tear down our relationships (3:18-4:1).

• Paul will use the next five verses to show teach us how is the very best way to use our tongue is when we talk to God and as we

talk with others else in the world.

Proposition: God honoring speech is seen as Christians pray to God, intercede for others, and witness to the lost.

III. Christ is All You Need to Live For.

E. The Value of Graceful Speech.

1. Use Our Words to Speak to God. (4:2)

“The most important words from our mouths are the prayers we speak to God.”

a. Persistent Prayers: “continue earnestly” speaks of holding fat and not letting go of God in prayer. These words

also imply faithful prayers.

• Ill: Persistent widow…Luke 18:1-8 (life style of prayer)

b. Focused Prayers: “being vigilant” staying alert and awake as we serve Christ. Paul command the church in the

same way Jesus commanded His disciples…”Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation…”

• Focused also implies “specific prayers”. If one is not alert they will not know what to pray for. (See the battle,

needs, burdens, enemy…)

c. Thankful Prayers: 5 times the word “thanksgiving has been used in this letter. When one is walking close to Christ,

then one cannot help but be thankful. Praise & thanksgiving are pillars of true prayer.

d. Application: Where to you and I fall short in our prayers lives?

2. Use Our Words to Pray for Others. (4:3-4)

a. Paul requested an open door to preach the Gospel (not to leave prison).

• This church now has the privilege to serve Paul through prayer.

• “open door” – in the NT refers to an opportunity, Acts 16:9-10.

• Paul’ s prayer is not for release, but for new opportunities to preach the gospel. (A gospel that is the reason

he is in jail).

• When you and I have a close prayer life with God, we can’t but help, from the overflow, pray for others.

b. Paul requested an opportunity to preach correctly the Gospel (not opinion).

• “make it manifest” = gospel. Paul is asking for prayer for the strength and ability to witness and preach the

gospel & when he preaches, that it is done as God would have. Right motives (opposite of false teachers)

c. Application: How often do you pray for others? Do you take praying for others seriously? Ill: Martin Luther’s

prayer for his friend.

3. Use Our Words to Witness to Outsiders. (4:5-6)

a. Wisdom filled speech: “walk in wisdom”

• Walking in wisdom (voice of God) comes from reverent worship (Prov. 9:10 –“”The fear of the Lord is the

beginning of wisdom…”); from prayer (James 1:5 – “If anyone lacks wisdom…); God’s Word (Col; 3:16); and

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