One of the best explanations of prayer is based on Revelation 3.20. Jesus is speaking and says:
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you with me” (Revelation 3.20).
Our problems, internal impulses, and worries are some of the ways that Jesus knocks at our door.
Prayer is simply opening to door to our lives for Jesus to come in and affect our situation.
Notice how Paul opened the door for Jesus to make a difference in the church in Colossae.
Love Among the People
Imagine the scene where a woman moved into a new home. She loved to garden, but the landscape of the new house consisted of weeds and a damaged tree.
A friend gave her a packet of seeds that were advertised to spread rapidly, produce beautiful flowers, and luscious fruit.
When the door was open to life with Jesus, it was like planting seeds, beautiful flowers, and the fruit of love.
Colossians 1.3-6 – In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you.
Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.
The open door of fellowship with Jesus allows us to thank him for his work in the church.
The beautiful fruit of love is the product of Jesus’ activity through the Holy Spirit.
What is love? Paul defined love with these words.
— 1 Corinthians 13.4-7 – Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable; it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The greatest definition of love is the picture of Jesus on the cross.
— John 3.16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
When we open the door to Jesus, he produces the fruit of love. The short definition of love is self-giving actions on behalf of others.
In prayer, Paul opened the door for Jesus to act in the church. He also thanked the Lord for how he worked in the church.
Love in the Spirit
Paul was in prison in Ephesus, when he heard about God’s work in Colossae.
Colossians 1.7-8 – This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
And he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
The last phrase of these verses is filled with meaning. What does it mean to “love in the Spirit.”
When we exchange self-centered desires for Spirit-directed love, we are loving “in the Spirit.”
Paul directed the church to “not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5.18).
As we are activated, motivated, and captivated by the Holy Spirit, we will live in the kind of love that is characterized by God.
Conversation with God
In today’s YouTube video, Rudy Ross speaks about having an ongoing conversation with God. That is an excellent way to open the door to the Lord.
As we open the door to the Lord, the Spirit will work in our lives and produce the kind of love that I have described in this article.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. You will appreciate Rudy’s insights.
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