WRESTLING IN PRAYER FOR YOU
By Frances Loftiss Carroll
"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." Colossians 4:12 NIV
There we have it...words, important words about how to touch another Christian person's life with something that matters; prayer changes things. Paul is out on the mission field telling people about Christ, working hard to get the gospel out to all who will listen, and others are there too. There is Epaphras, who may be just as involved as Paul is doing important work for Christ and for us by praying his heart out for us. Epaphras is now knows to be a praying saint, making supplication for you and me (or whoever was on his prayer list that day.) Not only is he praying he is wrestling in prayer because he knows our (their) situation and he knows without a doubt what difficult time you (or any Christian) is having in their journey of faith. He wants God to bless you in some special ways and so he is committed to praying for our needs. Perhaps someone told him about your needs (you can suppose that if you were living then) and he has a servant's heart and gives all the time in the world praying for those who stand in the need of prayer. So someone you never thought of, or heard of is perhaps praying for you. When you open up your heart in faith, and share what is happening during a prayer meeting, perhaps there is a Epaphras there jotting down notes on how to pray for you. Often times, we don't even know there is a Epaphras among us because they usually go about their "ministry" without much notice. And yet, this kind of Christian person is giving you a special gift; speaking to God on your behalf. Fully involved, wrestling with matters of the heart and laying them before the throne of grace on your behalf.
Any Christian who has a person like this in their life, praying for them, holding their prayer needs up to God and standing in the gap as an intercessor by asking the Lord to show you the will or God is a treasured friend. I hope you know, or you are someone like Epaphras and that you spend a lot of time on your knees sharing the needs of others with the Lord. For what greater gift can one human give another than loving them enough to pray for those who need prayer?
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