18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
Paul does not request to be released from prison but for more ministry opportunities. This is a model for us. It is not wrong to ask the Lord to alleviate our suffering, but perhaps the first thing we pray for should not be the end of our pain, especially if it is for the sake of the gospel. Perhaps we should first pray for God to use our suffering for His glory.
What does the bible tell us about our struggles or trials?
How can we use our suffering to honor Christ?
Today we wrap up our study in Ephesians. Can you believe its already been 6 weeks? I wanted to thank everyone who followed along with the blog. I hope this was a good way for you to connect with the Lord. We’ll be continuing devotionals throughout the summer, so be sure to keep updated with the blog.