“Always maintain a habit of prayer: be both alert and thankful as you pray. Include us in your prayers, please, that God may open for us a door for the entrance of the mystery of Christ (for which I am at present in chains), and that I may make that mystery plain to men, which I know is my duty.” (Colossians 4:2-4, JBP)
More and more, it seems, I’m finding that our main role in life and ministry is just to pray and pay attention. To look for, and pray for, open doors, and to walk through them, however God leads. A part of that process is to realize that we can’t open the closed doors, but we can certainly miss the open ones if we are not paying attention. Personally, I find it amazing to consider how much time and energy I have wasted through the years trying to force open closed doors, while open ones are standing right in front of me.
Help me, Lord Jesus, to not get so consumed trying to force open the closed doors that I miss the open ones. Help me to be prayerful, alert, and attentive to the movement of your Spirit within and around me.
"We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his doors to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise." (Romans 5:1-2, MSG)