Open doors for the gospel
Acts 28:17 “Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.”
It was during his time under house arrest, chained to a guard that he wrote Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon.
However you may describe your situation, chained or confined, you can find a way to overcome that limitation. Paul couldn’t get to the synagogue or the marketplace to preach but that didn’t stop him, he called his audience to him. He found a way, he found the open door for which he asked his friends to pray for, Colossians 4:3.
Maybe we should be less concerned about open heavens and more concerned about open doors. Open heavens are sometimes for stationary people not going anywhere. Open doors are for people on the move, crossing borders, moving out and into enemy territory.
Open doors come through prayer. Paul writing from his limitation doesn’t pray to be released from prison but instead asks his Colossian friends to “pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah “(Colossians 4.3).
Open doors can be found behind closed doors. When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he makes it clear that the gospel had spread because others were praying for open doors: “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advancement of the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard, and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is for Christ. Most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the message fearlessly” (Philippians 1.12-14). What appeared, on the surface, to be a “closed door” for Paul (his imprisonment) had actually turned into an “open door” for him to preach Christ among the authorities and guards who held him, to the Jewish leaders he invited to the house and it also gave confidence for his brothers to preach Christ fearlessly on the outside.
You will continue to have seasons of limitations but it will be the opportunity for you to discover what an open door really looks like.