Wrestling in Prayer

 

Colossians 4:6
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.
 
Wrestling in Prayer
 
Observations: Paul finishes his letter to the church in Colosse with a list of people who send greetings, a list that includes 8 names. Many of those people send greetings, because like Epaphras they are from Colosse. Paul calls Epaphras ‘a servant of Christ Jesus,’ the same designation he uses about himself (1:23). But Epaphras is more than just one of them he also prays for them. In fact, Paul says that Epaphras ‘wrestles in prayer for them.’ It’s not just a once off prayer, but something that Epaphras does consistently and with great persistence. And according to Paul Epaphras prays that they might stand firm in all the will of God, that they might reach the complete spiritual maturity that God desires for them. Epaphras knows that to accept the gospel and become a Christian is only the starting point of a long journey. He knows that to grow in our faith requires God’s strength. The goal of Christianity is not just to be saved, but to become mature in our faith, to grow in our knowledge and likeness of Jesus Christ.

 
Application: Firstly, do you ‘wrestle in prayer’ over anything? Often we don’t pray about much because in our affluent society there’s not much we really need. Maybe we need to see things form God’s perspective and we’d start to see how desperate things really are: how short we fall of God’s glory, how broken our world and people really are, how terrible the effects of sin are. Maybe we ought to spend more time ‘wrestling in prayer.’ Secondly, how concerned are we for the spiritual maturity of others? Do we pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ might stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured?’
 
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I confess that all too often my prayer life is complacent rather than persistent. Lord, may I see things from Your perspective. May I see the great need all around me, particularly the spiritual need in our society. Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I desire the things the Spirit desires, that I might wrestle in prayer about the things that concern You. Lord, grow my concern for the spiritual maturity of Your people. Lord, I pray that the people in our church might stand firm in Your will, that they might honour You in faithfulness and obedience. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

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