Colossians 4:2–6 (NKJV)
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.Colossians 4:2-6
5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
This short section of Scripture offers a great deal of instruction. Paul addresses the concepts of earnest prayer, vigilance in prayer and thanksgiving, praying for open doors of opportunity for the gospel, and the boldness to share the gospel clearly. He then instructs the members at Colosse to walk in wisdom, not being deceived by those outside the church, and to redeem the time. His teaching includes graceful speech, and knowledge of how to answer questions that come your way. While this passage is only five verses, it packs a great deal of teaching into this small, but potent, parcel of information.
The over-arching principles found in this passage are basic thoughts by which to live the Christian life. Prayer is a lifeline, a power source for the believer. Prayer should be a priority, a matter of vigilance, and Christians should be thankful for the opportunity to commune with the Creator. Prayer should involve time with God to speak to Him, to hear from Him, and to pray His word as well. It also should involve praying for others, as Paul here asks the Colossians to pray for his ministry opportunities. Even though he is in chains, he longs to see the gospel preached and souls saved. Wisdom is another principle expounded upon here. Know your community and do not be taken advantage of by those who would abuse you. Wisdom leads to time management and prioritizing the events and tasks of your day in order to achieve more. Christians should not live haphazard lives, but rather be organized and efficient as well. Finally, grace is a principle upon which a Christian should base their lives and especially their speech. Our words matter, because how we are received has a lot to do with the feelings we arouse in others as we speak to them. God will direct your words as you seek Him and submit to the Holy Spirit’s leadership.
So, Paul instructs his disciples to pray, use Godly wisdom, and to speak with grace. These are powerful principles for Christians to bring to bear on their lives and relationships. Seek God deeply and then follow His leadership and direction in your life in every way. He will direct your paths, your words, and your actions when you spend time with Him, making Him a priority, and listening to His voice. Be His disciple and live well!