” . . and pray on my behalf, that words may be given to me whenever I speak, 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.” Ephesians 6:19-20
Paul was concerned enough about presenting the gospel effectively and clearly that he asked for prayer from his friends in Ephesus. His desire was that he would be able to declare and make known the mystery of the gospel fearlessly. He certainly had reason to fear. He had been beaten many times by hostile crowds when they were offered the miracle of grace. Sometimes nearly to the point of death. Jesus said to his followers who would face future persecution that they should not worry about what they will say in response to accusations. That the Holy Spirit would provide heaven-sent words appropriate for the occasion, when they were needed.
“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” Matthew 10:19-20
This was also God’s reassurance to Moses, that He, even He, the Lord God Almighty, would be with his mouth and show him what to say.
“Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” Exodus 4:12
This was, in essence, my prayer, as I entered the nursing home yesterday. I did not know how to graciously bring the gospel and my own faith story into our conversation, so I asked Him to show me “on the fly.” And He did, in a way better than I could have imagined.
As Christ’s ambassador, trust God to speak appropriately through you, giving just the right message needed for the situation into which He sends you. As you trust in Him for adequacy in your assignment, he will accomplish through you more than you could ever hope for in your own strength.