Notice for what Paul requests prayer:
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Colossians 4:2-4
And [pray] for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul asks for prayer for himself so he can proclaim the gospel. But notice where he is when he makes both these requests: in prison! He did not ask people to pray that he would be freed. He did not ask people to pray that his prison guards would treat him kindly. He did not ask people to pray that he would get good food to eat. He wanted people to pray so he could preach the gospel!
Reminds me of what the Lord Jesus Christ prayed: “not my will but thy will be done.” Our savior put aside his desire for God the Father’s.
Wow! For what do we typically ask? For health, for wealth, for comfort, for a good job, for a good car, for someone else to witness to our lost family members? May God help us to lose focus of ourselves and gain focus of the souls of others.
My new prayer request: if you ever are so kind to remember me in prayer, please pray that I would boldly proclaim the gospel everytime a door is opened unto me.