Sunday 29 December, 2013
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[a] among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 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. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” 18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
Epaphras is always wrestling in prayer for you – now that stands out to me.
Prayer is such a privilege and we get to pray for others – indeed wrestle in prayer for others. He is praying that they stand strong in God’s will that they are fully assured and mature. What a great prayer and I can tell that a prayer like that is a wrestle!! Not everyone grows to maturity, not everyone understands or walks in the will of God or is fully assured of their salvation or the Lord’s return!
I can see I need to focus my praying better from reading this – that’s my application!
Father help me to focus my praying on the things that matter to You!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta
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