Colossians 4:12 NIV 2011
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
Paul wrote his letter to the church in Colossae while in prison. Colossians 4:18, “I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” Paul fearlessly stood firm for the cause of Christ. Both Paul and Epaphras prayed for the church. Differing Bible translations use “struggling in prayer, laboring in prayer or always prays earnestly.” As Christ’s servant, Epaphras spent profuse amounts of time in prayer for the Colossians. God, using Paul, called Epaphras to serve His church at Colossae. His most important job was to cover them continually in prayer. God strengthens and supports those who persistently pray.
Sweet conversation yesterday with one of my former BSF TL’s included our takeaway from the study of People of the Promise Land 1. Mine was want verses need and hers was seeing the difference between self-reliance and relying on God. At the end of the conversation I understood both center on asking the Lord to be involved in what we do daily. From Adam to John, when God is not the focus, it never goes well. Time spent in prayer keeps my focus upward rather than outward. I’m strengthened and supported through persistent prayer.
How will we pray today?
God’s faithful prayer warriors,