Practical fellowship

Week beginning: 11th December, 2016 | By Brent Haywood | Edinburgh

'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.'

Colossians 4:2-6 (NIV)

Recently I met with one or two members of the LCF who I hadn't seen for a while - we live and work in different parts of the country. Although our time was short, for me the reconnection was rich and deep. We talked of important future plans and initiatives that, God willing, we may share in. All of this was important but coming away, it seemed to me that what I treasured most was that as lawyers we were praying together and encouraging each other.

These verses from Colossians remind me of the encouragement I draw from the LCF - people spurring me on to be prayerful, watchful and thankful. People reminding me to think purposefully about every conversation.

Prayer Pointers:

1. In what ways can you be more deliberate about staying connected with lawyers in our fellowship - and are there lawyers who you can encourage, whether members or not?

2. Are you praying for fellow members - asking that God may open a door for the message?

3. Are you, like Paul, boldly asking for people to pray that you would be clearly proclaiming 'the mystery of Christ'?