Sometimes I run across a person mentioned in Scripture and wish I knew more about him or her. Like Epaphras. Paul describes him as a fellow-worker, someone in ministry with Paul. But Paul also said this about Epaphras:
He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. (4:12)
Earlier Paul challenged us to be devoted in prayer, and combined with what he said about Epaphras, I am convicted this morning.
What does it mean to be devoted to prayer, or to wrestle in prayer? And what would happen if we Christians really prayed like that?
I’ve shared that I don’t often stop to pray. I rarely spend more than ten minutes praying at a time. And I don’t even do that every day.
But I don’t think I’m the only Christian who doesn’t pray like we should. I don’t think our world would be in the state it is in if we were all devoted to prayer, if we wrestled in prayer for each other, and on behalf of unsaved people.
I pray we will learn to pray, that we would be devoted to prayer, and not too lazy or too uncaring to stop and wrestle in prayer, crying out to God, pleading, laying bare all our longings and all our cares. God wants to answer our prayers.
But we have to pray.