For those who have yet to begin to implement the truths on these blogs, here is how you can get your PhD and graduate into the work force :-)
Paul had many practical things to teach those who were becoming disciples of Jesus. On two different occasions, Paul requested for the same three things regarding putting into the action his missional understanding. He actually asked believers in Ephesus and in Colossae to pray these three simple things so that he would follow through. Paul certainly had his PhD in missional living and you can too as you pray these things for yourselves and for others.
Pray: Paul need prayer. Living missional must always be bathed in prayer. As Paul was writing to the believers in Ephesus and Colossae, he requested the same prayer requests regarding talking about Jesus. Listen to how he asks each group of believers.
"...pray on my behalf, that utterance may be giving to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly as I ought to speak." Eph. 6:19-20
"...praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak." Col. 4:3-4
Paul needed others to pray for him as he went about spreading the good news. I am certain that I must continue to invite others to pray for me (as I pray for myself) to have the qualities Paul requested to have as well.
Hear: One of the things Paul prayed for was for clarity to hear from God. Jesus promised to give us the right words at the right time as we talk about his grace, mercy and forgiveness to those not yet saved. In order to receive those words, we must hear them. Paul prayed it would be clear what he was suppose to say. He needed to hear from Jesus and he asked others to pray for him to hear clearly.
Do: Paul needed to put what he was hearing into action. Once he saw the 'door' and knew what to say he had to step into the situation and speak the words that were ready to flow. He needed boldness and action to be effective so he asked for prayer for these things. We do know a lot of Paul's story and the prayers of these saints for these things in Paul's life continues to pay off today. Just think how effective your prayers will be as you pray for me, others and yourself to be able to hear and then do what Jesus says to our hearts!
Pray Hear Do - You now have your PhD in Missional Living. Ask people to pray for you to hear from God as to where you should focus and who you should focus on along with the boldness to speak the words Jesus will give you. Now go out and live it and then come back and share your stories with us.