“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.”
“Meanwhile praying also for us”
“Meanwhile”–Paul is giving them an actual opportunity to pray for him.
Paul often requested prayer (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:19; I Thes. 5:25; Heb. 13:18; II Thes. 3:1). Do you pray for your pastor? Pray that he would have the courage to preach with freedom. Great Christians recognize their need for prayer.
Paul was carrying the ball but he needed guards and tackles out front praying for him. No running back makes it on his own. Neither does any minister or pastor make it without prayer.
Prayer warriors are necessary for the work of God to advance.
When we ask people to pray for us they usually nod their head and affirm that they will. They usually immediately go out and forget about it. People do not usually pray for us unless they are a relative, good friends or prayer warriors. This is an area of dishonesty among evangelicals.
Any believer walking in fellowship with the Lord can offer an effective prayer. Some people think that they have to ask a professional Christian worker to pray for them. They believe these prayers are more effective since they are closer to God. However, God does not hear the prayers of professional Christian workers any more than anyone else. We cannot depend on special types of leaders to pray for us as a crutch. Our lives do not depend on the prayers of Christian workers. If they did, we would all be in trouble!
Some people make a fetish out of prayer. They become superstitious about prayer. They think that things are going to go better because special people are praying for them.