As I’ve been reading the book of Colossians, I noticed a verse that usually wouldn’t strike me as I read the Bible. It says in:
“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.”
The key phrase that struck me is: “He is always wrestling in prayer for you”. In “The Message” it mentions that Epaphras has been tireless in praying for them while in the “New living translation” it says that he prays earnestly for them.
Dictionary.com defines these terms as
1) Earnest – “Serious in intention, purpose, or effort”
2) Tireless – “indefatigable” which means incapable of being tired out;
This verse has been ringing in my head for the past week, and I think that there is a purpose because the Holy Spirit will always guide you into all truth. I think that God is teaching me to pray like one mean intercessor if I want the lives of the people I’ve shared the gospel to have a direction. A direction which is going towards the will of God.
Epaphras’ prayer is for the saints in Colosse that they may “stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.” If you’ll read the earlier chapter of this book, it also says in
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
Paul is writing to the same audience, and he repeats this at the end of his letter with Epaphras. Alluding to an earlier preaching of Pastor Nixon in the iPray series: Paul prays that God will show the lives of the people whom he has shared the gospel the knowledge of his will. As the verse implies, this can only be done through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, meaning we can’t force God’s will on them, we have to be the one to pray earnestly, tirelessly, and wrestle with God to ask him to show them his will.
If we want the lives of the people whom we’ve shared the gospel to have a direction then we should wrestle in prayer for them. We can’t force this on them, we need to ask God earnestly in prayer to send the workers into the harvest field. Only God can do this.
Sometimes, I take prayer for granted because I dwell more with the word of God. However, I cannot deny the fact that the Bible tells us countless times to pray. Everything is birthed in prayer, even Jesus prayed intensely even if he was already the Son of God. He also asked his disciples to pray for him even if he was already the Son of God. That is how important prayer is in any ministry.
Before, prayer for me is one of the most illogical things to do, because if we live by sight, prayer is just saying words out loud. However, we know that that is not true, prayer is primarily our main form of communication to God, and no doubt that he hears our prayer.
1 John 5:4
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Let us all pray continually, but not just pray. Let’s wrestle with our prayers!