Day 10

Speaking to God and Others

from the Colossians and Philemon reading plan

Colossians 4:2-18, Psalm 145:18-19, Philippians 4:6-7

BY Bailey T. Hurley

Talking about Christ can be intimidating for most anyone. I’ve followed Christ for over fifteen years and received my master’s degree from a local seminary—and I am still intimidated about sharing God’s truth with others. When I read Paul’s letters in Scripture, I am amazed at his conviction for sharing truth with people despite difficult circumstances, persecution, and imprisonment. So, how then, does Paul encourage his listeners, and us today, to live a bold life of faith? He writes: “Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). 

Prayer and thanksgiving. They are pillars of our faith, hallmarks of an active faith in the Lord, through which we live as ambassadors for Christ. They may sound like the simplest of disciplines for the Christian life, and yet, we are still often paralyzed by fear to speak assuredly with God and with others. But why?

Well, for one, we don’t want to get it wrong. We don’t want to be judged harshly. We are afraid to speak truth into each other’s lives and lovingly call out sin if needed. And we don’t want to be too honest with God about our fears. We don’t want to confess to Him that we feel more comfortable remaining silent around our co-workers or family members when the topic of spirituality comes up. I know that for me, these are just some of the reasons I give for my own doubts.

But Scripture reassures us that “the LORD is near all who call out to him, all who call out to him with integrity” (Psalm 145:18). When we ask God for help in difficult conversations, He hears us. When we pray about our every concern or worry, He offers “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Fear is replaced by thanksgiving as we allow prayer to transform our posture toward God and others, and we are equipped to tell others about the goodness of the gospel. 

Paul also instructs us in this way: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person” (Colossians 4:6). Many of our conversations lean on the side of grace—it’s the salty part we have trouble with. In the Old Testament, priests used salt to preserve the offering sacrifice from corruption (Leviticus 2:13). The sacrifice needed to stay clean and holy before it was offered to God. So, when Paul urges us to season our speech with salt, he may be asking us to call out the moral decay we see and help to preserve the holiness in others. Filling our speech with both grace and salt provides us with the ability to edify each person, to build them up toward Jesus, and join the whole body for effective work in God’s kingdom (Ephesians 4:15–16).

Despite our fears as followers of Jesus, staying devoted in prayer guards our hearts and minds. Staying alert with thanksgiving gives us eyes to see God’s work, despite our flaws and awkward conversations about faith. It’s as if Paul is instructing us to worry less and worship more, as we faithfully step out in faith for the gospel.

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50 thoughts on "Speaking to God and Others"

  1. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord let my speech always edify you

  2. Paula Gonzalez says:


  3. Catie Brooks says:

    Thanks I am praying for courage to start the conversation as well as the wisdom and peace I can only get from God.

  4. Peggy Hoffman says:

    Cartie, Please let them know that they can attend mass without going to confession first. However confession will bring them into full communion so that then they could receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist as well. Remind them of the lost sheep, the prodigal son, all of the people whom Jesus sought out on purpose for healing and forgiveness. Our God is prodigal, meaning lavish and reckless , with His love and mercy. And I can honestly say that there is nothing they will confess that the priest hasn’t already heard! In fact, priests rejoice, as do the angels and saints in heaven, over anyone who has been away for a long time and then comes back into full communion with the church. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous, but to set prisoners of sin free!

  5. Victoria E says:

    Sorry my post got cut off yesterday. @Taylor I am glad that you found peace in prayer and I am so encouraged by your example of obedience !

  6. Catie Brooks says:

    I struggle with bringing up faith conversations with my family. If you were to ask them they would say they are catholic but have not been to church in many many years. They have been to church with me a handful of times since I found Christ 14 years ago but they are adamant they can’t go the church until they do confession with a priest which they won’t do because they are embarrassed about how long it has been since their last time. I pray that they will come back to church and have a relationship with Christ instead of feeling like they can’t go back because of past mistakes.

  7. AnneLyn P says:

    Praying for you Naomi. May your light shine to those around you. And May God give you the words to say and the wisdom to know when to share.

  8. Caitlyn R says:

    I’m going to take some courage tonight to pray about everything and everyone. My mom often told me that I should pray often and that if times are hard, to pray even more.

    If I can ask for some prayers, my grandma Carolyn and my family need help. My grandma is in her 90s and she has Alzheimers, but things this past month have progressively gotten worse and it’s getting time to prepare for the worst. I dont know what to do, we don’t know what to do, and family issues could bring some tension. Thank you for reading and praying; I will pray for all of you and this wonderful team as well.

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