Colossians 4:2 "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak."
I find this paragraph humorous and I will tell you why. Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting a castle for the first time. However it wasn't just any castle. It was the Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther was hidden by Frederich III also known as Frederich the Wise.
Luther was in trouble, big trouble. A Catholic priest he made the "mistake" of reading the Bible. In it he found a very different Story than the one the Church was teaching. Driven by the conviction that people needed to know the Truth at a time where both Bibles and literacy were scarce Martin began to preach and write.
This landed him at Worms for a trial basically. He survived the "inquisition" and was on his way home when Frederich had him kidnapped and hidden away in Wartburg castle to preserve his life. I had the privilege of standing in the room where about 475 years before Martin Luther sat and translated the Bible from Latin to German so the common people could read it.
What does this have to do with our passage in Colossians today? Martin was essentially locked away and he spent the time translating the Bible and writing. Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the Colossians and wrote other letters as well.
Here is what I find humorous. Paul is asking for prayer so he can get free and have an opportunity to preach this gospel of freedom and completeness in Jesus. Had Paul been free there might not be a letter to Colossae and Laodicea. Because there is this letter (and others) Paul is still preaching the good news almost 2000 years later. Both Paul and Martin helped countless more people in solitude than they ever would have had they been free. God knows what He is doing and sometimes the very thing we're trying to pray away is the very thing God has planned for us to accomplish a purpose we can't even comprehend.
The lesson? Trust Him and talk to Him honestly and openly. He would rather hear you asking to be free from circumstances that seem to be binding you than not be hearing from you at all. Someday you will have the chance to sit down with Jesus and talk about the unanswered prayers. When that conversation takes place Jesus will trace for you a web of interconnected stories and lives and show you how your inconvenience or suffering saved others who would have been lost otherwise just as His completely undeserved and unjust suffering saved us all.
In Paul’s day the church had the Good News and persuasive men were trying to take it away. In Martin Luther's day the Good News was all but gone from the Church and God raised Him and others to bring it back.
Jesus is the Good News. It isn't just Good this Friday. It's Good News for eternity.
Let Him in and never let Him go, no matter where the journey takes you. Talk to Him every step of the way. He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. :)